Vermont Tech Gets $12 Million to Start Machinist Program

Randolph — Vermont Technical College has received more than $12 million of in-kind software donations and grant money to start a four-year advanced machinist apprenticeship program. The state’s advanced manufacturers say the new program will help meet their growing work force needs.

“How difficult is it to recruit a skilled advance machinist in the state of Vermont? As a human resource manager, I can tell you it is next to impossible to do so,” Lucy Lesperance, human resources manager at North Hartland Tool Corp., said in a recent news release from the college. “The apprenticeship program in Vermont will give us the advantage in years to come.”

Siemens PLM Software, a world-leading provider of lifecycle management software, is providing the software, and a $36,960 grant from the Vermont Department of Labor will also support the program.

The certificate-apprenticeship program is the result of a collaboration between GW Plastics, North Hartland Tool Corp., and Concepts NREC and the Green Mountain Economic Development Corp. and Vermont Tech’s Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development. It is designed to help meet employers’ needs and provide students with career advancement opportunities. Coursework will include manufacturing processes, design communications, metrology and inspection, tool geometry and metal cutting, and computer-aided technology.

“Continuing to build a highly skilled work force in Vermont is one of our most important priorities,” Vermont Tech President Philip Conroy said in a recent news release.