News Archive

SPECIAL EVENT – Pittsburgh Showroom Grand Opening at New Century Careers.

July 30, 2020

A grand opening is scheduled for August 25-26, following COVID-19 guidelines. Click here for details and to register. 

See the latest in CNC technologies designed to make small lot machining cost effective at TRAK Machine Tools’ new showroom at New Century Careers.

Complimentary lunch: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

TRAK Machine Demos:

  • TRAK Lathes and Mills with Powerful, but Easy to Learn and Use ProtoTRAK Controls
  • TRAK 2OP Portable VMC

Now Enrolling – August 3, 2020 Machinist Training Class

July 6, 2020

Registration is now open for New Century Careers’ tuition-free Machinist Training Program, MANUFACTURING 2000 (M2K). Classes begin August 3, 2020 at New Century Careers Anselmo Training Innovation Center in Pittsburgh. Call 412-258-6620 (option 4) to learn more.

New Century Job Shop will be reopening on Monday June 1st!

May 29, 2020

New Century Careers is excited to announce that New Century Job Shop will be reopening.

Over the past couple of months, our training programs, including Job Shop, have been temporarily shut down in response to the Covid-19 pandemic to insure the safety and health of our trainees and staff.

Since 2018, New Century Job Shop has increasingly provided local manufacturing companies with high-quality products, produced by our M2K trainees under the supervision of our experienced staff.

Our Job Shop team is looking forward to, once again, working with SWPA manufacturing companies in producing quality parts, providing on-time delivery while remaining cost competitive. Additionally, Job Shop allows our trainees to get invaluable real world, hands-on experience.

To learn more about New Century Job Shop’s capabilities or to discuss a project, contact Jody Fazekas at 412-745-1013 / or Neil Ashbaugh at 412-212-0828 /

Thank you for your continued support of New Century Careers and the New Century Job Shop!

Neil Ashbaugh named new president and CEO of New Century Careers

March 31, 2020

Neil Ashbaugh is the new president and CEO of New Century Careers. Neil, formerly NCC’s director of services, succeeds Paul Anselmo who retired recently after two decades of service to NCC and the region’s manufacturing sector.

Hired by NCC in 2016, Neil has managed a broad range of programs including apprenticeship, production, sales, marketing, business development, corporate training and talent development, and workforce development and has taken the lead in establishing two initiatives from inception, the Group Non-Joint Apprenticeship Program and the New Century Job Shop, opened in 2019.

He has provided day-to-day management of programming and operations and managed apprenticeship related instruction for the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA).

“Neil has twenty-three years’ experience in manufacturing –from the shop floor to HR and technical training management,” said Greg Chambers, NCC Board chair and director of corporate compliance at Oberg Industries. “He can relate to all facets of NCC’s work, having completed a formal apprenticeship program, working for years operating metalworking machines, developing corporate marketing and forecasting strategies, and building strong customer relationships,” he added. “Neil has the compassion, competence and leadership skills to help people and strengthen the metalworking industry in this region into the future.”

Earning a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University, Neil learned the manufacturing trade through a four-year state and federally-recognized apprenticeship and became a journeyman grinder.

Hired by Oberg Industries, Inc. in Freeport, PA in 1993, initially as a journeyman grinder, he later held corporate positions there in sales and marketing and management positions of increasing responsibility in training and talent development, government projects and new product development.

“Knowing that technologies and the requirements of manufacturers change, we will continue NCC’s 20-year legacy, working closely with our broad network of 90 partner companies, along with fellow workforce agencies, and elected local, state and national leaders to deploy new training techniques to meet evolving industry needs,” Neil said.
Those efforts are already well underway, he noted. Through a partnership with Catalyst Connection, CCAC, and Tooling-U/SME, and funded by a grant from the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute, a Manufacturing USA Institute, NCC developed a new two-year registered apprenticeship for robotics technicians. “This exciting venture comes at a time when this job role is growing in demand by area manufacturers using robotics and automation solutions to meet their customers’ needs,” he added.

A Butler County resident, Neil has been a board member of the Tri-County Workforce Investment Board (WIB), past chair of the Butler County Manufacturing Consortium Industry Partnership and the Center Township Planning Committee, and co-founder of the Technology Academy of Moraine Trails, BSA, and has held leadership roles in community service organizations, including the Butler Lion’s Club and the Blind Association of Butler.

Congratulations to Paul Anselmo on his Retirement!

March 31, 2020

New Century Careers extends congratulations and appreciation to Paul Anselmo, who will retire after two decades of service to the manufacturing sector, effective February 29, 2020.

Paul co-founded non-profit agency New Century Careers (NCC) in 1999 following 20 years in public education. As President and CEO of NCC, he provided design, start-up and project management for all NCC initiatives, securing and managing substantial grants from multiple federal, state and foundation sources. NCC also contracts with the Pittsburgh Chapter NTMA (National Tooling and Machining Association) to administer the multi-employer machinist apprenticeship program.

In December, Paul received the NTMA William E. Hardman Award for Excellence in Training presented to an individual or organization that has consistently demonstrated strong support and active participation in structured training for the precision custom manufacturing industry. “Paul embodies a unique understanding of manufacturers, students, trainees, and instructors and acts as a bridge to funders, academia, public officials, government and social service agencies, aligning mutual goals and facilitating relationships to achieve them,” says Greg Chambers, NCC Board Chair and Director of Corporate Compliance at Oberg Industries, who has worked with Paul since the founding of NCC.

Paul played a pivotal role in establishing the Manufacturing Industry Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania, which created active engagement among employer partners. Other unique initiatives such as COMPETE incumbent worker training and the BotsIQ high school robotics program developed by the partnership help create a manufacturing workers pipeline sorely needed in the region. He continued to oversee MANUFACTURING 2000 and BotsIQ, now programs of New Century Careers.

Neil Ashbaugh, current NCC Director of Services, will succeed Paul as NCC President and CEO.

“The success of New Century Careers over two decades would not have been possible without the incredible support of our many stakeholders, who have collectively recognized the critical role of manufacturing in the region and ensured a pipeline of qualified workers through New Century Careers and our broader workforce system,” Paul said. “I am grateful for the opportunity to have participated in this important effort. Thank you again for your past and future support!”

Now Enrolling – February 10, 2020 Machinist Training Class

January 2, 2020

Registration is now open for New Century Careers’ tuition-free Machinist Training Program, MANUFACTURING 2000 (M2K). Classes begin February 10, 2020 at New Century Careers Training Innovation Center in Pittsburgh. Call 412-258-6620 (option 4) to learn more.

William E. Hardman Award for Excellence in Training & Education

December 11, 2019

New Century Careers is proud to share that Paul Anselmo, NCC President/CEO, was awarded the William E. Hardman Award for Excellence in Training & Education from the NTMA.  Paul received this award for his life-long dedication to improving the quality of training and promoting career opportunities for young men and women in the precision custom manufacturing industry.

New Robotics Technician Apprenticeship Program

October 22, 2019

Eileen Cipriani, Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development, visited New Century Careers on October 22. She announced that the Robotics Technician Apprenticeship Program with ARM – Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing, Catalyst Connection, CCAC, and Tooling U-SME has been registered with L&I!

Click here to read the press release from the PA Department of Labor & Industry.

Click here to read more about the Robotics Technician Apprenticeship Program in the Pittsburgh Business Times.

New Century Careers Celebrates MFG Day

October 10, 2019

In honor of National Manufacturing Day, New Century Careers participated in a MFG Day event hosted by ARM – Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing, Catalyst Connection, and Carnegie Mellon University’s Manufacturing Futures Initiative at Mill 19.

Several high school students from the Pittsburgh region attended the event to meet industry leaders and learn about careers in manufacturing.

Dominick, an M2K completer, served on a panel and shared his personal training experience.

Now Enrolling – August 19 M2K Machinist Training Class

July 16, 2019

Registration is now open for free manufacturing training. Classes begin August 19 at New Century Careers.

New Century Careers’ MANUFACTURING 2000 (M2K) machinist training program offers entry-level training to qualified applicants at no charge. Students learn the basics of operating pedestal grinders, saws, drill press, surface grinders, lathes, vertical milling machines, and CNC machines. Students attend various soft skill seminars as well as field trips to local manufacturers.

Click here for the full press release. 

New Century Careers expands machinist training program

June 24, 2019

New Century Careers has expanded its machinist training program to Westmoreland County. The year-round program will be offered in partnership with Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center. Classes will be held on weekday evenings and are open for enrollment.

Click here to read the full Pennsylvania Business Report article. 

Sales Engineer

June 20, 2019

New Century Careers is seeking a Sales Engineer to join its team! Interested candidates should send their resume and cover letter to Tanika Harris at

Click here for the full job description.

Sales and Project Manager

June 20, 2019

New Century Careers is seeking a Sales and Project Manager to join its team! Interested candidates should send their resume and cover letter to Tanika Harris at

Click here for the full job description. 

NCC branch opens in McKeesport

June 20, 2019

“People who take the time to build these skills are going to have a job that is in demand and can help build a future for their families.”

Click here to read the full Mon Valley Independent article. 

New Manufacturing Training Facility Hopes To Help Restore The Mon Valley

June 18, 2019

“This is just another part of the puzzle, so that we can put young people in the position where they want to work with their hands, make good money and, frankly, do it for free.”

Click here to read the full 90.5 WESA article. 

New Century Careers partners with EWCTC to expand free machinist training to Westmoreland County

June 3, 2019

With the demand for machinists consistently unmet as regional manufacturers struggle to find qualified workers to fill vacancies, New Century Careers (NCC) has expanded its year-round MANUFACTURING 2000 (M2K) machinist training program to Westmoreland County.

New Century Careers documented an overwhelming need from both employers and unemployed or underemployed individuals of communities in the Latrobe, Derry and Ligonier school districts. To address that need, New Century Careers is now offering the M2K program in partnership with Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center (EWCTC).

Click here to read the full press release.

Celebrate with New Century Careers!

May 14, 2019

Since 1999, New Century Careers has evolved into a Southwestern Pennsylvania workforce development organization with a dual client mission to support pre-employment and incumbent manufacturing workers as well as their current or future employers, helping each to advance economically through continuous workforce education and training.

Your support has contributed to this success and you are invited to celebrate with us at two 20th anniversary events, choose one or both – and experience first-hand the latest in NCC’s capabilities!

McKeesport Open House – Thursday, June 13, 2019 from 2-4 p.m.

South Side Open House – Friday, June 14, 2019 from 1-3 p.m.

New Century Careers expands free machinist training to McKeesport

May 13, 2019

“This M2K “quick train” program marks the first time NCC is offering a program that is 125 hours to be completed in just five weeks. It introduces trainees to the skills needed to pursue in-demand manufacturing jobs.”

Click here to read the full press release.

Manufacturing Your Career – Open House

April 19, 2019

Join New Century Careers (NCC) for an open house! As a part of Remake Learning Days, NCC will offer tours of its Training Innovation Center on Thursday, May 9 from 9am-12pm. You’re invited to learn about NCC’s MANUFACTURING 2000 (M2K) machinist training program. For more information, call 412-212-0005 or email

Apprentice competition highlights manufacturing skills gap

February 25, 2019

New Century Careers was proud to host the MSC/Pittsburgh Chapter NTMA Apprenticeship Competition again this year!

Click here to read the full article in the Pittsburgh Business Times.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – People on the Move

February 6, 2019

Rich Payo was hired as job shop manager and Mike Mills was promoted to facilities manager/training supervisor.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – People on the Move


New manager and internal promotion produce early success for New Century Job Shop

January 29, 2019

After just six months in operation, New Century Job Shop at New Century Careers’ (NCC) Training and Innovation Center is proud to announce the hiring and promotion of two individuals focused on meeting custom parts production for customers while delivering world-class training to NCC’s pre-apprenticeship training program, MANUFACTURING 2000 (M2K).

Click here to read the full press release.

Watch NCC on “Issues on the Point”

January 9, 2019

NCC Director of Services Neil Ashbaugh spoke with Jordan Conigliaro on “Issues on the Point” about training at New Century Careers. Watch the full interview to learn more about NCC’s tuition-free MANUFACTURING 2000 (M2K) Machinist Training Program and career opportunities in the region.

Click here to watch.


Donate Your Vehicle to New Century Careers

January 2, 2019

Do you want to get rid of an old vehicle but don’t want to deal with selling it, fixing it, or junking it? Consider donating your used vehicle to New Century Careers.

The donation process is safe and simple and will help support NCC’s programming.

To find out more about donating your unwanted vehicle, click here. 

New Century Careers to bring machinist training program to EWCTC in 2019

December 10, 2018

New Century Careers plans to add the MANUFACTURING 2000 (M2K) machinist training program to Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center (EWCTC). The program is expected to begin in February 2019.

For those interested in training, please call 1-800-822-9337.

Click here to read the full article.

Support New Century Careers – 2018 Holiday Coasters for Sale!

November 21, 2018

Give the gift of a custom, limited edition, holiday coaster manufactured by a trainee of New Century Careers’ New Century Job Shop.

Individual coasters are $6.99, or 4 coasters for $25.00 (plus tax and shipping). Enjoy the holidays while supporting the training and job placement efforts of individuals beginning their manufacturing careers!

To place your order, please contact Matt Zema at 412-258-6624. 

Checks: Payable to New Century Careers and should be mailed to 305 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

To ensure delivery by December 25, all orders and payments must be received by December 14. Don’t delay and miss out on giving this great gift!


Save the date – Giving Tuesday!

November 9, 2018

On  Tuesday, November 27, 2018, please consider donating to New Century Careers. Your contribution will help NCC serve more students, who will gain valuable job skills and be prepared for in-demand positions in the Pittsburgh region.

Donations can be made here or by mail.

Mailing address: 305 East Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219

New Century Careers is grateful for your contribution!

Now Enrolling – December 3 M2K Class

November 1, 2018

Registration now open for free manufacturing training; Classes begin December 3 at New Century Careers

Click here for the full press release.

New Century Careers on The Lynne Hayes-Freeland Show

September 18, 2018

Many thanks to Lynne Hayes-Freeland KDKA for having New Century Careers on the show! Watch the full segment on career job training below. 

Join the Manufacturing Day Movement!

September 14, 2018

In celebration of Manufacturing Day 2018, New Century Careers will open its doors on Wednesday, October 3 to show the outstanding opportunities in advanced manufacturing! Two sessions (1:00-3:30PM and 3:30-4:30PM) will be available at NCC’s Training Innovation Center, located at 305 East Carson Street in Pittsburgh’s South Side. Please note: there is limited street parking at NCC’s Training Innovation Center. Paid parking is offered at Station Square.

Session One- 1:00-3:30 PM 
See demonstrations on today’s high-tech, precision machines- including newly acquired TRAK CNC milling machines- in a clean, climate controlled environment. Collaborate with New Century Job Shop trainees and instructors who can help solve your need for small batch runs or prototypes, while creating revenue to supplement the NCC cost of providing training. Bring your plans for a brief consultation!

Session Two- 3:30-4:30 PM 
Meet M2K instructors and trainees to learn first-hand how FREE training can lead to a manufacturing career with hundreds of local openings. Also, learn about SWPA BotsIQ, a manufacturing workforce development program disguised as a high school robotics competition.

Register here:

For More Event Information:
Ashley Kirsch

Pittsburgh Chapter NTMA Now Enrolling

August 15, 2018


PITTSBURGH (August 15, 2018) – The Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) is now enrolling apprentices for the 2018-2019 program year. The final registration deadline is August 17, 2018 and classes begin in September.

The Pittsburgh Chapter NTMA provides regional manufacturers with a proven apprenticeship training program for individuals seeking metalworking educational opportunities. This 4-year apprenticeship program delivers related instruction classes to support on-the-job training provided by employers.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for individuals and companies to support the formal education of machinists in the region.  With each successful skill learned, a person has an opportunity to advance to higher levels of responsibilities and wages.” said Neil Ashbaugh, NTMA Pittsburgh Chapter Program Administrator.

Trainees can choose from three training site locations, including Central Westmoreland CTC, Northern Westmoreland CTC and New Century Careers Training Innovation Center.

During the 2017-2018 program year, the Pittsburgh Chapter NTMA had 140 apprentices and 59 companies participating. The Pittsburgh Chapter will be accepting new apprentices and companies up until the registration deadline.

For additional information or to register your employee(s), please contact Matt Zema, NTMA Apprenticeship Program Coordinator at 412-258-6624, via email at, or visit

About the Pittsburgh Chapter National Tooling and Machining Association: The Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) is made up of companies, both large and small, that believe in the future of manufacturing for southwestern Pennsylvania and assume a leadership position in the training and development of future generations for the metalworking profession.  

 About New Century Careers : New Century Careers (NCC) contributes to the economic health of southwestern Pennsylvania through meeting manufacturing workforce needs by working to deliver a capable workforce to employers of the region. NCC seeks to improve the lives of individuals through the development of skills that lead to good quality family wage jobs and careers. For more information, visit


Click here for press release.

Neil Ashbaugh – Director of Services at New Century Careers – Employee Recruiting

August 6, 2018

NCC’s Director of Services Neil Ashbaugh spoke with Larry and John this morning on the KDKA Radio Morning News.

NCC’s MANUFACTURING 2000 (M2K) program offers tuition-free training and job placement assistance. Take advantage of this great opportunity to begin a career in advanced manufacturing.

Click here to listen. 

Tying together the parts will grow region’s economy

July 30, 2018

Paul Anselmo, President/CEO of New Century Careers, was featured in today’s Letter to the Editor in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Click here to read his Letter to the Editor. 

Packaged food, steel exporting, a gift shop and a campground: Afshan Khan learned versatility from her parents

July 23, 2018

“They did their best to instill a hard work ethic and the value of sort of pursuing your own path.” Afshan Khan, NCC Board member, learned versatility from her parents.

Click here to read the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article.  

New Century Job Shop

July 17, 2018

New Century Careers launches Job Shop aimed at helping trainees get jobs while supporting small manufacturers.

Click here to read the full article. 

Manufacturing Manager

June 25, 2018

New Century Careers is seeking a full-time Manufacturing Manager to join the team! Interested candidates, please forward resumes to Tanika Harris at

Click here for the full job description.

New Century Job Shop

June 25, 2018

New Century Careers supports workforce development with New Century Job Shop

Trains workers while filling orders for smaller manufacturers

Designed by local industry partners, New Century Job Shop is a unique way to locally outsource manufactured components. The Job Shop will assist manufacturers by providing parts from prototype to small batch production runs, all while creating revenue to supplement the cost of training more skilled workers for precision machining jobs in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Read more in the press release below.

New Century Job Shop

Get started today! Contact Neil Ashbaugh at 412-212-0828 or to learn more. 

Getting People without College Degrees $42,000/year Job in Manufacturing w/ Neil Ashbaugh

April 23, 2018

Neil Ashbaugh, NCC’s Director of Services, discussed exciting career opportunities and training in manufacturing on the podcast, Going Deep with Aaron Watson.

The need for a highly skilled workforce formed the foundation of New Century Careers and the MANUFACTURING 2000 (M2K) program, which provides students with tuition-free machinist training as well as job placement assistance. 

Click the link below to listen to the full podcast!

Getting People without College Degrees $42,000/year Job in Manufacturing w/ Neil Ashbaugh 

Governor Tom Wolf Visits New Century Careers

March 27, 2018

Governor Tom Wolf visited New Century Careers on March 9 to discuss his PAsmart workforce development initiative, tour NCC’s Training Innovation Center and spend quality time with students.  Mayor Bill Peduto,  Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, and PA Dept. of Community & Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin were also in attendance.

During a press conference at NCC, Governor Wolf outlined his 2018-2019 budget proposal- which includes $50 million for PAsmart to:

– Increase STEM and computer science education, apprenticeships and industry partnerships;

– Develop Career and Technical Education and STEM career pathways; and

– Encourage employers to partner with colleges and universities.

Governor Wolf said, “It’s wonderful to see the incredible work being done here at New Century Careers, connecting people with the skills they need to get meaningful careers in the manufacturing industry- one of Pennsylvania’s most critical industries.”

During the event, New Century Careers also hosted an open house and group tours prior to the governor’s announcement. Attendees included representatives from multiple manufacturing partners, members of the NCC board of directors and foundation leaders who are all committed to the continued success of NCC’s vital work.

Click here to read more about Governor Wolf’s visit and PAsmart initiative.

New Century Careers Open House: Exploring Today’s Manufacturing and Beyond

February 7, 2018

New Century Careers invites you to explore the world of manufacturing. NCC’s Training Innovation Center, located in Pittsburgh’s South Side, will open its doors on Monday, May 21 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. for a tour in conjunction with Remake Learning Days. Students, parents, educators and community members are invited to see a showcase of programs through a guided tour and participate in a hands-on matching & measuring activity.

This open house will expose modern manufacturing to students, parents, educators and community members. It will feature programs such as MANUFACTURING 2000 (M2K), Southwestern Pennsylvania (SWPA) BotsIQ and the National Tooling and Machining Association Apprenticeship Program.

Register here:

For more event information:
Ashley Kirsch

Manufacturing Day Open House

October 3, 2016

In celebration of Manufacturing Day 2016, New Century Careers (NCC) will open its doors on Wednesday, October 5 to show students, educators, parents and community members the outstanding opportunities in advanced manufacturing!

Two sessions (10AM-2PM and 5PM-8PM) will be available at NCC’s Training Innovation Center, located in Pittsburgh’s South Side. If your party is interested in attending both sessions, please contact Katie Delverne at

Activities include interactive tours with demonstrations showing visitors pathways to successful manufacturing careers and the educational programs and training that New Century Careers provides.

To register, please visit

For More Event Information:
Katie DelVerne

Manufacturing Your Career – Open House

April 20, 2016

Join New Century Careers & SWPA BotsIQ for an Open House! As a part of the Remake Learning days, we will be showing parents, students, teachers and community members what the new manufacturing is all about!

To RSVP or exhibit, follow the link below or email Tara at

Start With A Smile

April 12, 2016

New Century Careers has an Amazon Smile account! When you shop using our account, a portion of your sales will go toward our mission of providing FREE machinist training! A lot can happen when you Start With A Smile!

Manufacturing Your Child’s Career: Explore the New Manufacturing

April 12, 2016

High school students & parents, mark your calendars! New Century Careers and SWPA BotsIQ are holding an open house on May 11! Explore the new manufacturing and see what types of job opportunities & education are available!

Workers are the Biggest Asset in the Evolving Manufacturing Industry

February 19, 2016

“Manufacturing companies clearly understand now that, in order to be exceptional and successful, it’s not just about hiring hands. It’s about hiring and engaging heads and hearts,” says Anil Saxena, Partner at Great Place to Work and an expert on workplace culture.”

NIMS Career Pathway Tool

February 11, 2016

The NIMS Career Pathway Tool helps employers, job seekers and educators understand the numerous career pathways in the industry and what NIMS credentials really mean—how they help validate skills at a variety of levels and how they can be earned to help students and workers enter and advance in careers. The goal is to help employers enhance HR practices; help educators design better curriculum; and provide actionable career information to job seekers.

Competency Models In Action: Manufacturing Program Aligns Pre-Apprenticeship Training with Industry-Recognized Credentials

January 15, 2016

In 1997, regional manufacturers in southwestern Pennsylvania identified a critical shortage of entry-level machinists and other manufacturing workers. A group consisting of representatives from Steel Center Area Vocational-Technical School, the Institute for Economic Transformation at Duquesne University and executives representing 17 manufacturers partnered to create MANUFACTURING 2000 (M2K).

The M2K entry-level machining program, administered by the non-profit organization, New Century Careers (NCC), is a pre-employment/pre-apprenticeship program that recruits unemployed, underemployed, and low-income individuals in southwestern Pennsylvania. It provides hands-on machining training in collaboration with industry in addition to instruction in technical math, machine theory, blueprint reading and metrology. Skills are verified through National Institute for Metal Working Skills standards and credentials.

M2K was cited as an exemplary regional partnership in Vice President Biden’s report “Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity.” The program emphasizes active career coaching by program staff. This approach enables participants, who often face multiple barriers, to progress along a career pathway to meaningful occupations in the manufacturing industry.

Next Generation Career Pathways: A Manufacturing Case Study

January 14, 2016

There are more than three million open skilled positions and twice as many disconnected young adults neither working nor in school.

In Next Generation Career Pathways: A Manufacturing Case Study, we assert that new market demands are shaping next generation career and technical education opportunities.

The rise of anywhere, anytime learning and competency-based approaches provides the opportunity for Career and Technical Education programs to lead the way in terms of applying blended, competency-based education in practical ways.

Apprenticeships and Their Potential in the U.S.

December 17, 2015

The modern concept of apprenticeships is a “learn and earn” strategy with “work-based learning.” In the U.S., these programs may be categorized as registered apprenticeships (RAs) regulated by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), non-RAs, and youth apprenticeships. This article focuses on RAs, including the expansion of RAs to new industry sectors and disadvantaged populations.

Local Industry Takes Responsibility for Workforce Development Efforts

November 23, 2015

Check out Chapter 28 on page 195 “Local Industry Takes Responsibility for Workforce Development Efforts” written by our President Paul Anselmo! Paul writes about how the Pittsburgh Chapter NTMA partners with New Century Careers, a non-profit, to develop workers for the metalworking industry!