Manufacturing News

Community Partner Spotlight: Rochester, NH

By Zenagui Brahim | July 13, 2018

New Advanced Composites Manufacturing Training Program Kicks off with 13 Students

For 13 students from Rochester schools, formal workforce training is becoming part of their high school curriculum, as they are the first group of seniors selected to participate in a joint pilot program in manufacturing with Great Bay Community College (GBCC).

Through the program, students can earn – along with their diplomas – credit toward an Advanced Composites Manufacturing (ACM) bonding certificate and an OSHA 10 certification at no cost. As part of the NH Sector Partnerships Initiative (SPI), this Workforce Development Program combines work-based and technical training to introduce and transition students into the workforce already equipped with some of the skills they will need to secure jobs in New Hampshire’s hottest industry sectors.

And that is good news for New Hampshire’s manufacturing industry, where thousands of jobs go unfilled each month as the sector works on creative solutions for workforce challenges.

ELO Coordinator for Rochester Schools, Dean Graziano recently shared his thoughts about the partnership.

“Rochester with its rich tradition and strong manufacturers makes perfect sense for this initiative to start here! The main goal is to allow students to begin Advanced Composites Manufacturing training, tuition-free, while being a part of their secondary school education. Helping prepare students to enter their career, with the skills, attitudes, and responsibility necessary to be successful in a post-secondary career path was the impetus behind the program.”

SPI seeks to identify shared recruitment and retention strategies, and then create programs to address those challenges. This partnership between the Rochester Schools and Great Bay Community College is just one of these programs. Thank you to Seacoast Online for helping share information about workforce training opportunities, and to the many agencies and organizations involved in creating and sustaining this valuable program.

Read more about the program via Seacoast Online and