NCC receives funding for ‘High Priority Occupation’ training

Written by on April 16, 2021

NCC receives funding for ‘High Priority Occupation’ training

BY Chloe Nouvelle

April 16, 2021

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Northampton Community College has new funding from the state to train workers to fill jobs that are in demand in the Lehigh Valley’s manufacturing sector.

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NCC now has nearly $200,000 from Pennsylvania’s Manufacturing Training-to-Career program to train 40 people over the next few years to fill skilled jobs. 

In this case, jobs in a “high priority occupation” here in the Lehigh Valley: industrial maintenance. 

Lauren Loeffler, NCC’s vice president of  Workforce Development & Community Education, says industrial maintenance pairs mechanical training with electrical training. 

When people complete the program, “They can maintain equipment, they can run equipment, they can repair equipment, they’ll understand manufacturing systems,” Loeffler says.  

Workers with these skills are appealing to medical equipment manufacturers, like B Braun, she says, as well as logistics companies and big box warehouses. 

“Think of the size of the conveyor systems and all of the moving parts to get that merchandise onto the trucks (and) out the door,” she says. 

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