Recently, over 39 area employers and workforce partners took part in reviewing and discussing the Manufacturing program redesign at Lane Community College.
Co-hosted by LCC Career Pathways and LCC Manufacturing program, the event highlighted the benefits of the curriculum revisions that would better serve local industry and students. In addition, this new approach helps the program align better with high school courses, Adult Basic Education and Workforce Partner interests.
These changes 1) allow students to start in any term and complete their AAS degree in two years; 2) provide more and earlier instruction in CNC (computer numerical control) skills to better prepare students for the current job market; 3) modularize the program so as to better communicate and track learning objectives; and 4) make available a series of stackable certificates that students can earn while progressing toward their AAS degree. Overall, modularizing the coursework lays the foundation for providing targeted certificates and training for specific skill sets asked for by industry.
Industry and workforce partners also had an opportunity to tour the shop area before offering refinements to the proposed curriculum. Overall, the reception to these upcoming changes was very positive and employers stated that they look forward to acquiring more trained employees in this growing field.
For more information about Lane's Manufacturing program, contact 541-463-5380 or AdvTechPrograms@lanecc.edu
Published April 2017 by Public Affairs.