EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 27, 2012

NECC starts machine tool training program

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — LAWRENCE — In response to a recent jobs report that projects the manufacturing sector will seek to fill 100,000 jobs over the next decade, Northern Essex Community College, in partnership with the Greater Lawrence Technical School, has developed a Machine Tool Training Program (MTTP) to educate and train area workers for those jobs.

The pilot program will be launched in late January, and will train 10 unemployed or underemployed individuals. Developed with input from local employers, the program will train people to operate computer numeric controlled (CNC) machines, which are used to produce metal parts with high precision.

Graduates of the program can expect to compete for jobs paying on average $22 an hour according to George Moriarty, director of NECC’s Workforce Development and Corporate Relations.

“After decades of decline, manufacturing is enjoying a significant rebound in Massachusetts and across the nation,” Moriarty says. “Low-paying factory jobs have been replaced by careers… careers with competitive wages in advanced manufacturing fields such as semi-conductors, aerospace, plastics production, and medical equipment.”

Those who complete the training will receive a certificate from Northern Essex Community College.

For more information contact Moriarty at gmoriarty@necc.mass.edu or call 978-659-1200 or visit online at www.necc.mass.edu/noncredit.

Learn about Year

of the Snake

PLAISTOW — Come to a Chinese New Year celebration at Plaistow Public Library on Monday from 1 to 2:15 p.m.

It’s the Year of the Snake. Learn about the tradition, use the Zodiac calendar to look up your birth year, and make a craft.

This program is for children ages 6 to 12. Registration is required.

Call 382-6011 or visit plaistowlibrary.com. The library is at 85 Main St.

Pancakes, story served at Kingston library on Jan. 4

KINGSTON — It’s a special story and pancakes at Kingston Community Library on Friday, Jan. 4, from 4 to 5 p.m.

Hear the story of “Miss Lyla’s Banana Pancakes to the Rescue,” which encourages volunteerism and a healthy lifestyle.

Visit kingston-library.org or call 642-3521 for details.

New Year’s party at Castleton

HAVERHILL — The Council on Aging and Best of Times will hold a New Year’s Eve Day party at Castleton in Windham, N.H. Entertainment will be provided by “One for the Road,” a Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin tribute. Guests have their choice of maple Dijon glazed pork loin w/apple chutney or chicken Marsala. Dancing will be to the music of the Ray Cavicchio band. Tickets are $54 per person, and transportation is on your own. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Langley-Adams Library offers

winter programs

GROVELAND — The Langley-Adams Library in Groveland is offering a variety of programs this winter. They include Beginner’s Watercolors with Christina Kelly on Jan. 7, from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Materials will be provided. Registration is required as space is limited to 12 people.

Local author Andre Dubus will discuss his latest book “Townie: A Memoir” Jan. 12, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by a book signing and question and answer session.

A community pie making and tasting contest is Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. in recognition of National Pie Day. Pies will be judged by librarians, members of the Council on Aging and several known members of the community. The winner will be appropriately rewarded. Bring your pies and your appetites.

NECC professor Kevin Comtois will present “From Spirituals to Hip Hop: The Evolution of American Music” Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. For more information contact Diana Cummings at 978-372-1732 or dcummings@mvlc.org.