SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Lt. Governor Karyn Polito was back in Springfield Tuesday, to spotlight a program with promise. She was with the education and labor & workforce development secretaries to learn more about manufacturing training at Springfield Technical Community College.
“Right now we really have more job openings than we have students to fill them. The demand has been incredible. We’re getting phone calls every day for all types of manufacturing jobs,” said Gary Masciadrelli, Chair of Mechanical Engineering Technology at STCC.
Instructors and students told 22news there are misconceptions about the manufacturing field; that the work is messy and monotonous. But systems are a lot more automated now, giving students the creativity and control to design and build products from start to finish.
“Everybody thinks you’re going to go in and make some parts with your hands and get paid ten dollars an hour and it’s not that way at all. You need the sharpest people to run the machines, the machines behind me are 100, 120,000 dollars,” said STCC grad and now instructor Tom Minor.
Lt. Governor Polito said there are workforce development dollars and other grant programs available; they want to invest those dollars in programs that are working.
“The stronger our workforce is, the more potential we have for allowing our employers to expand and add more jobs, and draw new employers to our commonwealth,” said Lt. Gov. Polito.
She said it’s easy to see investing in manufacturing means investing in Massachusetts’ economic success.