Nine adult students recently graduated from the first-ever Advanced Manufacturing program at the Center for Career and Community Education, a partnership between the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation and Cayuga Community College.
The course was created in response to local manufacturers expressing a need for quality workers. Not only do the instructors of the program teach manufacturing concepts, but the course also instills skills in leadership, communication and ethics.
“I have seen so much growth in these nine students,” said Executive Dean Carla Deshaw.
The students were each presented with a certificate of completion as well as a tassel handmade by one of the students in the program, Gail McFarland. Each of their instructors gave words of encouragement to the graduating class.
“I admire the commitment and dedication you guys made,” said industrial trainer David Lloyd. “I want you to believe in yourselves as much as we believe in you.”
Chad Whelsky, CCCE Corporate and Community Education Advisor, spoke about his conversations with local manufacturing companies on what they are looking for as employees: people who are on time, open to learning, have good ideas, handle conflict and work well with others and can present themselves well in an interview.
“Everyone in this class demonstrated a willingness to learn and the ability to take new information and do something with it,” said Whelsky.
One Advanced Manufacturing student, Chris Hurlbutt, asked to speak at the end of the ceremony, thanking Whelsky, DeShaw and the industrial trainers of the program.
“I can’t express how much I enjoyed this course,” said Hurlbutt.
Many students in the graduating class had already secured job interviews upon graduation. More information on the program can be found online at http://www.cayuga-cc.edu/community/continuing-education/certificate-programs/ or by emailing [email protected]