Our Story


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.

In 1997, regional manufacturers 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 seventeen manufacturers partnered to create the MANUFACTURING 2000 (M2K) training program to fill these entry-level positions.

New Century Careers was established as a nonprofit organization in 1999. Since then, New Century Careers has strived to grow the skills of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s manufacturing workforce.

Today, President and CEO Neil Ashbaugh leads the New Century Careers team in collaborating with local manufacturers, four local Workforce Investment Boards in nine counties, state agencies such as CareerLink, and many supportive organizations to shed light on the opportunities that manufacturing provides for the people of these communities.

Local manufacturers understand the difficulty in finding motivated, trainable employees. The need for a highly-skilled workforce has formed the foundation of the organization.

New Century Careers seeks to improve the lives of individuals through the development of skills that lead to good quality family-wage jobs and careers.

A critical component of the New Century Careers “formula” is strong relationships with regional manufacturers.

New Century Careers has partnered with more than 113 employers. As a partner company, manufacturers have the opportunity to speak with a collective voice about the importance of training and workforce development in the region and help to shape the workforce of tomorrow.

Learn more about New Century Careers programs.