NCC Impact Report charts progress despite pandemic
New Century Careers issued its first-ever formal Impact Report this month. The report marks not only progress during the challenge of the 2020 COVID pandemic, but also the first year under the leadership of NCC's new President and CEO Neil Ashbaugh. 
“Navigating the COVID pandemic tested the mettle of management, staff, instructors, partner companies and trainees. Those dedicated to our mission rose to the challenge in new and creative ways so that even within ever-changing restrictions, NCC continued to record impressive progress,” Ashbaugh said. Despite two shutdowns, NCC continued to offer training and facilitate job placements in the manufacturing and machining fields.
NCC recognizes Black History Month with message
from NIMS Executive Director Montez King
Montez King, executive director of NIMS, the nationally-recognized organization responsible for developing national standards and competency-based credentials in manufacturing trades, knows a bit about hardship and determination. His early years were spent on the streets of Baltimore City where a “career” as drug dealer was more lucrative than school and work.

A chance encounter with an instructor at his sister’s trade school open house changed that path. Montez was introduced to an opportunity he didn’t know existed. “The shop machines, even the smell were alluring,” he said. The instructor also piqued his interest: “You could make some serious money after just a few months of training.” And his promise – a guaranteed job when you turn 16 – sealed the deal.

Montez set out to do whatever it would take to become a machinist! Long days, multiple part-time jobs, and bullying on the job did not stymie his resolve to learn all he could to fulfill his part of the deal. Another influencer, an HR director, offered another revelation – he could start a bank account and a get small load credit card. After one year on the job, Montez had saved $10,000! (At 19, he had his own house built!)

Apprenticeship training at the local community college gave him the “paper to prove” he could succeed in a world emphasizing college over skills training. His ideas now gained respect and exposure. Over the years he applied everything he learned to achieve positions of increasing responsibility.

But he never forgot the power of a mentor and role model. He never forgot his own early experience.

While now the executive director of a nationally-recognized organization, Montez spends lots of time in the communities that mimic his childhood neighborhood with kids he can relate to because he lived that life. His message to them echoes his mentor’s: “The reality is I could take you out of poverty and into a middle class job in six months.”

Enrollment continues for Operation Next
to aid recovery of small and mid-sized manufacturers
As part of Operation Next, an initiative specifically created for small and mid-sized manufacturers whose businesses have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Catalyst Connection has partnered with New Century Careers and CCAC West Hills to offer additional opportunities for hands-on, performance-based learning on real manufacturing equipment. New Century Careers will be assisting trainees with the CNC Machine Operations Pathway, while CCAC West Hills will be offering hands-on welding training. The program will provide participants with an accelerated, hybrid curriculum combining both virtual and in-person learning. Both online and hands-on training is available at no cost to participants, thanks to support from LIFT and a grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Classes are enrolling now. Contact Mara Peduto at mpeduto@catalystconnection.org.

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
Funder Spotlight
New Century Careers gratefully acknowledges the PA Department of Community and Economic Development for its support of NCC through the Pre-Apprenticeship/Apprenticeship and the Training-to-Career grant programs. This generous funding will support the expansion of the Machinist Apprenticeship, the implementation of a Robotics Technician Apprenticeship, and the further development of the New Century Job Shop. To learn more, visit the PA DCED's blog.
Thank you to L.S. Starrett
A recent donation from L.S. Starrett includes 100 Tools and Rules, 200 Memo Pads, 150 Decimal Equivalent Card (Bulletin 1317) New Century Careers appreciates this generous support.
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
New Partner Companies
NCC welcomes Ametek, Ball Transfer and Schmidt Presses as its newest Partner Companies!
NCC is dedicated to helping with industry's workforce needs and uncovering sources of support for manufacturers. As a training partner, NCC provides a source of skilled workers who can help your company grow and adhere to high standards of product quality and customer service.

Interested in becoming a Partner Company to build the next generation of machinists? Contact Patrick Bendel at 412-258-6668 or bendel@ncsquared.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 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.