A shortage of middle skilled workers in Rochester have left thousands of trade jobs unfilled. Now, a program at Monroe Community College is training workers in a new field and giving local businesses the workforce they need.
13 displaced workers and military veterans are taking part in a precision machining certificate program. There is such a large demand for these skills at businesses throughout the area that MCC sped up the year-long program to six months.
"Many of them have degrees in fields that right now really aren't relevant anymore so what they're looking for is a skill set that will help them move back into the workforce," Anne Kress, MCC President.
The students received free tuition through a grant from the Rochester Technology and Manufacturing Association. The association will also help the students with job placement once they graduate.