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UB to prepare unemployed workers for manufacturing jobs

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By Tracy Puckett

Release Date: February 4, 2016

The 14-week Manufacturing Production Technician (MPT) program combines online learning with classroom-based training and mentoring.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The University at Buffalo has received a $99,660 New York State grant to train up to 50 dislocated workers for entry-level to mid-level manufacturing positions.

The 14-week Manufacturing Production Technician (MPT) program, which combines online learning with classroom-based training and mentoring, begins March 9. It will provide successful participants with nationally-recognized certificates in job readiness and manufacturing.

The program, which is administered by UB’s Center for Industrial Effectiveness (TCIE) and Educational Opportunity Center, consists of the following two components:

·    The National Work Readiness Credential (NWRC) program addresses job readiness qualities that employers seek in new hires, with an emphasis on communication and math. Successfully passing the assessment earns the NWRC Certificate from the National Work Readiness Council.

·    The Certified Production Technician (CPT) program instills front-line proficiencies in manufacturing machinery and equipment tasks through four core manufacturing modules: safety, quality practices and measurement, manufacturing processes and production, and maintenance awareness. (Successfully passing an assessment for a module earns a certificate from the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council while earning all four certificates secures a CPT certification. The CPT is accredited under the only global certification body for manufacturers, the American National Standards Institute.)

Participants will also receive job search and interview preparation training.

Individuals interested in the program should contact Tom Mormile at 851-2650 (Buffalo One Stop Career Center) or Lynn Berry at 634-9081 ext. 237 (Williamsville One Stop Career Center) to determine if they meet the following eligibility requirements:

·    Considered a dislocated worker by the Department of Labor.
·    Minimum of a high school equivalency/GED.
·    Minimum of a ninth-grade math and 10th-grade reading level.
·    Interest in a front-line manufacturing position.
·    Basic computer skills/understanding.
·    Email address and access to email on a daily basis.

Funding for the MPT program comes from the state Department of Labor via Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative and the 2015 round of the Consolidated Funding Application.

TCIE is Western New York's bridge to excellence; it provides a dynamic link between UB’s expert resources and the region’s business community. Its core focus on engineering solutions and operational excellence drives continual improvements, and ignites innovation and technological advantages. For more information on how TCIE can assist Western New York businesses, visit or call 716-645-8800.

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The 14-week Manufacturing Production Technician (MPT) program combines online learning with classroom-based training and mentoring.

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