Free Training for Manufacturing Production Workers

(Bradenton, Fla., May 4,  2007) - Manatee Community College (MCC) is seeking applicants for a free entry-level manufacturing production worker training program that is being offered for the first time. Classes are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., June 4 through 21, at MCC Lakewood Ranch, 7131 Professional Parkway East.

Funded by a grant, the 94-contact hour training is limited to 30 students. MCC's Banner Manufacturing Center will pay registration and test fees for those who complete the training and wish to take the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Production Technician Certification Examination.

Training, lunch, textbooks and other training materials will be provided. Areas to be covered include manufacturing production and process; safety; quality assurance; maintenance awareness; and employability skills. Salaries for entry-level manufacturing production workers are approximately $30,000 per year. Applicants may include employed and/or unemployed manufacturing technicians with up to one year of experience and underemployed and/or unemployed people seeking a career in manufacturing. A GED or high school diploma is required and high-school level or better reading skills are recommended.

MCC is a member of a statewide consortium of community colleges and workforce partners that received a Workforce Florida Inc. grant to provide manufacturing education, training and certification. For more information, call Dr. Idelia Phillips, director, MCC Career and Technical Education, at (941) 752-5218 or e-mail

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