Best Practice: Precision Manufacturing Regional Alliance Project (PMRAP)
- Regional Employment Board of Hampden County (REBHC)
- Springfield Technical Community College (STCC)
- Putnam Vocational Technical Academy
- Western MA Chapter of the National Tool and Machining Assn.(WMNTMA)
A regional employment board recognizes an emergent regional need and assigns a dedicated staff member with knowledge of the industry to organize an effort to meet it. Staffer successfully engages the local manufacturing community, connects them with the local educational establishment, gathers evidence/data from employers to document specific needs, and uses this evidence to persuade the State to make a series of investments which culminate in a $1.2 million state and $600,000 local investment in the regional community college. This allows for the development of the infrastructure, equipment, and curriculum required to double the enrollment of students pursuing the education and training path demanded by local employers.
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