Middlesex Community College, in efforts led by Mount Wachusett Community College, and in partnership with Northern Essex, and North Shore community colleges, recently received a four-year, $4 million federal TechHire grant to provide workforce training in advanced manufacturing in Worcester, Middlesex and Essex counties.

The Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing TechHire Consortium (MassAMTC) is a strategic partnership of training providers, employers and the workforce investment system. As a partner in the TechHire Consortium, Middlesex will work with the Greater Lowell Workforce Investment Board and the Greater Lowell Technical High School Precision Manufacturing Training Center to offer advanced manufacturing training to 100 young adults, unemployed workers, and under-employed individuals.

“We are thrilled to partner with three other outstanding community colleges, workforce development boards, career centers, and vocational schools to be able to advance the pipeline of manufacturing workers,” said Judy Burke, Dean of Corporate and Community Education and Training. “We have been working hard as a region on behalf of manufacturing employers, and this grant will allow us to help get skilled workers back into the workforce.”

Seventy-eight local residents will receive Quality Technician Training, 12 will participate in an Advanced Manufacturing Boot Camp and Machinist Training, and another dozen individuals will receive Electronics Technician training. Once they have successfully completed their programs, these advanced- manufacturing trainees will receive assistance with job placements.

“I’m grateful to the Department of Labor for approving this sizable grant for the Tri-County Consortium,” said Congressman Seth Moulton. “This grant will allow our area community colleges, including Middlesex and North Shore Community Colleges, to better prepare students for tomorrow’s economy through advanced education and training. To be competitive in this global market, we must be willing to invest in our future.”

Graduates of MCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Program completed more than 500 hours of training in basic machining or electronics, gaining hands-on experience to begin careers in the high-demand manufacturing industry, including working in aerospace, defense, medical devices, computers and electronics.

For more information about the Advanced Manufacturing Training Program at Middlesex, contact Lisa Tuzzolo, Program Manager at tuzzulol@middlesex.mass.edu.