WCCC and Southern Maine Women’s Re-entry Center to Provide Online Production Technology Training

Washington County Community College is pleased to be partnering with the Southern Maine Women’s Re-Entry Center in Windham to provide an online training opportunity in Production Technology.

This rigorous five-course sequence, endorsed and credentialed by the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council, prepares learners for entry-level positions in high-tech manufacturing settings. The courses result in a nationally recognized credential, as well as thirteen credit hours towards degree attainment.

“This course sequence and credential are not your average set of online courses. The content is designed, vetted, and updated by manufacturers all over the country,” says Nichole Sawyer, Dean of Workforce and Professional Development at WCCC. “It is relevant and rigorous; and it is delivered in a highly supported learning environment with our instructor. Some women are able to put those skills to work prior to their release at southern Maine work locations, allowing them to gain valuable on-the-job learning. “Combine this with the classroom training, and we’ve got the perfect recipe for apprenticeship, which will result in yet another nationally recognized credential for the women. This is a win-win for manufacturing businesses and for the women trying to turn their lives around.”

This project is really meant to provide the SMWRC women with a basic skill set that will allow them to enter a high-wage and in-demand field upon release. In addition, the Maine Department of Labor is an instrumental partner utilizing the Competitive Skills Scholarship Program to assist women in matriculating into WCCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Production Technology degree track. With tuition assistance, support services, and a highly supportive case management design, MDOL and WCCC are striving to provide post-secondary learning opportunities and promote learner success.

WCCC’s Production Technology Certificate and Associate in Applied Science degree tracks are a relevant and robust option for those wishing to enter Maine’s manufacturing field. WCCC is working on developing a completely online track for Production Technology, with many courses available online now!

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