Saturday, January 8, 2011

Students Needed by Manufacturers

Mahoning County Career & Technical Center's Precision Machining & Manufacturing Technology program is looking for students to fill the need of qualified skill trained employees. Students are in short supply by our 325 supporting manufacturers. There are many career opportunities in all sectors of manufacturing like medical, aerospace, heavy industrial equipment, sporting goods, plastics, metal stamping, computer-aided design, CNC programmers, CNC machine operators, and quality inspectors. Green manufacturing is also getting big interest lately. If you like to create things, enjoy working with your hands and want a good paying job upon graduation, this is definitely worth a look.
jobs are available for students with the correct skill sets that can not be gotten at their high school. For more information, post to this blog or contact Rich Stape at or phone directly at (330) 559-3654.


  1. Richard--

    These letters are fantastic! I may have only been with NIMS for 2 & 1/2 years, but I have yet to see the local industry community come together to support a school training program like this before. I am so impressed. Please let me in the loop on what happens after these letters go out and after your meeting in a couple of weeks.

    I'm going to share this with my directors now and on Monday I will post an article on our website and send out an email to our database of contacts, so we can highlight all this great work. So you know, the article will focus on your video and your blog, as the letter and call campaign is still underway.

    Thanks again for sharing all this with me and I'll certainly be in touch soon.

    Have a great weekend!


  2. FYI
    I am forwarding this email from the instructor in Precision Machining and Manufacturing at the MCCTC. This program is one of the best in the state, but students often do not understand the opportunities it provides. If you son or daughter is interested in a future where there will be always be a need for skilled employees, please ask them to consider this program. Also, the opportunities for continued schooling in Engineering programs are priceless.
    You may contact the CHS Guidance Department if you have any questions.
    Annette Kay
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    Hello everyone,

    I am the Instructor of Precision Machining & Manufacturing Technology Tech-Prep at MCCTC.
    I have employers that continually call me looking for new entry-level hires. When I tell them I don't have students to fill their needs, they are a bit befuddled and ask why. My response is that I just don't know. I suspect it is a conglomeration of reasons.

    We have one of the best programs of its kind in the state and place nearly every student we train. The wages have risen significantly in the past few years, mostly due to the shrinking workforce of people with the correct skill sets that industry now requires and that we teach. In addition, about half of my students go on to engineering schools when they graduate. The business community is very concerned about the recent developments since there are almost no training facilities that continue to teach the trade.

    I am asking that you consider recommending students to the program so that this skilled trade does not become extinct in our county. Manufacturing is very important to all of us in that it is a major way of creating wealth and can lead to the economic recovery we would all like to see happen. I service approximately 325 manufacturing employers in and around Mahoning County. Manufacturers depend on this program to continue to fill the void of qualified applicants. The industry is experiencing a critical shortage nationwide.

    I have also put together a web site that has career information about the trade both locally and nationwide. It can be found at Although it is not accessible in our county schools (it is blocked), I urge you to view it at home and pass it on to prospective students.

    Rich Stape
    Precision Machining/Manufacturing Instructor
    Mahoning County Career & Technical Center
    7300 N Palmyra Rd
    Canfield, OH 44406
    3307294000 x 1452