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.