NCC joins consortium to strengthen region’s defense industry supply chain

July 19, 2021

The AIM Higher Consortium is a new, wide-ranging program funded by the Department of Defense to strengthen the defense supply chain in the Greater Pittsburgh region of Southwestern Pennsylvania and West Virginia. AIM Higher is led by Catalyst Connection with over 30 academic, economic development, technology institute, and manufacturing partners from around the region, New Century Careers among them.

A website,, was launched to inform the public about the program, share defense industry resources, and highlight grants and training opportunities to help participating companies offset project costs.

The program offers support to small and medium-sized manufacturers in the defense industry seeking to expand business and operational capabilities, to strengthen the supply chain, and to create and retain jobs in defense manufacturing sectors.


New Century Careers to launch two-year Robotics Technician Apprenticeship Program

June 16, 2021

Pittsburgh, PA – June 16, 2021 — New Century Careers (NCC) will launch a two-year registered apprenticeship program to focus on automation and robotics for the job role robotics technician with a virtual information session on Tuesday, June 22, at 10 a.m. NCC plans to enroll 10 apprentices in the first cohort to start in July.

“As more and more companies in the Pittsburgh region invest and deploy robotics and automation solutions to meet their customers’ demands, the need for highly skilled technicians to operate and maintain these systems is critical to the long-term success of both existing companies and recent start-ups,” stated Neil Ashbaugh, president and CEO of New Century Careers. “Candidates trained to fill these advanced manufacturing positions can secure jobs with significant growth potential,” Ashbaugh added.


Read the full press release here.

NCC agreement with Pittsburgh Public Schools CTE Program featured on LinkedIn

June 14, 2021

Pittsburgh Public Schools partners with NCC to fast-track students toward manufacturing jobs -…
Neil Ashbaugh , president and CEO of New Century Careers, said the idea came after hosting students in the career and technical education program at PPS that he realized received similar training over the course of their high school career to the first elements of the Manufacturing 2000 pre-apprenticeship program.

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