January
2021
Update

New Training Opportunities in 2021
New Century Careers enters the new year with good news! In addition to our legacy programs, a number of new opportunities are available – some tuition-free – to those affected by the pandemic, contemplating a career change or seeking employment or new skills. These programs form a direct pathway from entry-level job placement to apprenticeships and credentials that lead to career advancement and high earning potential right here in our region. I urge individuals and companies to take advantage of these options and refer others! Learn more in the stories below.

And watch your email for the announcement of our first Impact Report – a recap of progress during the remarkable year 2020.
Neil Ashbaugh, President and CEO
Operation Next CNC Machine Operator Pathway
Catalyst Connection has announced Operation Next, an initiative specifically created for small and mid-sized manufacturers whose businesses have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provides participants an accelerated, hybrid curriculum combining both virtual and in-person learning. Individuals can choose from one of three career pathways: CNC Machine Operations, Welding and Industrial Maintenance Technician, each with online, self-paced curriculum.

New Century Careers and CCAC West Hills will offer opportunities for hands-on, performance-based learning. NCC will be assisting trainees with the CNC Machine Operations Pathway, while CCAC West Hills will be offering hands-on welding training, beginning February 2021. The training is available at no cost to participants through support from LIFT and a grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Enrollment is now open. Contact Mara Peduto, mpeduto@catalystconnection.org, to get started!
NCC now enrolling for the
M2K Machinist Training Program!
Registration is now open for New Century Careers’ tuition-free Machinist Training Program, MANUFACTURING 2000 (M2K). Classes begin soon at New Century Careers Anselmo Training Innovation Center in Pittsburgh. Call 412-258-6620 (option 4) to learn more.

Classes are FREE to qualified students and are offered at two locations:

  • Pittsburgh (South Side) Machinist Training - Daylight and Evening Classes - Next class starts soon
  • Eastern Westmoreland CTC Machinist Training - Evening Classes- Enrolling now!

Online applications now available here
New Century Careers' precision training capability enhanced by YG-1 donation
New Century Careers starts the new year with additional precision training capability thanks to the generous donation of YG-1. The donation includes 11,000 tools, which are critical to the training efforts and NCC, such as carbide inserts, drills, end mills, taps, screws, collets and holders.  
 
YG-1 is a global supplier to the precision manufacturing sector with exports of cutting tools and accessories to more than 75 countries and 27 worldwide sales offices.  As a total solution provider, YG-1 seeks not only to provide tooling technology, but also support the industry in other mission critical areas such as training.
 
NCC expanding machinist apprenticeship program and new robotics technician program
NCC is expanding upon its existing 4-year Machinist Program, which assists small and medium sized manufacturers by offering registered apprenticeship opportunities to their employees. Additionally, NCC will also be launching its new 2-year Robotics Technician Program in 2021. Each program is recognized by the PA Department of Labor and Industry and the US Department of Labor. Companies interested in either program for their employees are encouraged to contact Eric Pferdekamper at 412-745-1014 or pferdekamper@ncsquared.com for additional information.
New Century Job Shop

The Job Shop is open!

New Century Job Shop assists manufacturers by providing parts from prototype to small batch production runs.

For a Job Shop quote, contact
Patrick Bendel at 412-258-6668 or bendel@ncsquared.com
Entry-Level Credential is Coming to BotsIQ Academy
This fall, BotsIQ was introduced to a new nationally-recognized credential, the SME Certified Manufacturing Associate certification. This credential was developed for high school students and individuals with little to no exposure to manufacturing. It is focused on basic, foundational manufacturing concepts that prepare an individual for high-demand, entry-level manufacturing positions such as, assemblers, laborers, or production workers.  

In December, BotsIQ staff completed the recommended training program and successfully received their certifications. Now armed with this knowledge and experience, BotsIQ is designing a training curriculum within BotsIQ Academy that includes 25 Tooling U-SME online classes and supplemental hands-on activities, company tours, and industry expert presentations.  

If you are interested in learning more about BotsIQ and its related programming, please contact Michel Conklin, BotsIQ Executive Director, at conklin@botsiqpa.com
Promote your business in this Newsletter!
New Century Careers is offering a unique opportunity to promote your business, while at the same time supporting our nationally recognized programs that are training skilled workers for in-demand manufacturing jobs in the region.

Contact Becca Durkot, NCC Communications & Marketing Specialist, at 412-212-0005 or durkot@ncsquared.com, for additional information.
Looking for Machinists?
If you are a manufacturing company in need of machinists, contact New Century Careers at 412-258-6620
M2K Alumni
New Century Careers acknowledges all alumni and reminds them we offer lifetime placement assistance. If you need help with your job search, contact 412-258-6620.
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New Century Careers (NCC)
305 East Carson Street 
Pittsburgh, PA 15219 
New Century Careers is a nonprofit manufacturer and technical skills development organization serving the Southwestern PA community through inclusive access to technical training opportunities while helping employers find and develop technicians seeking purpose, passion and success in the workplace.