Great Bay Community College launches in-demand skills training for manufacturers

Flexible skills courses to begin in October


Great Bay Community College’s Business and Training Center will be launching a new flexible program for manufacturing training in October.

The four-week training program was created as part of the college’s workforce initiative to support the community’s ongoing need for skilled workers, said Kurt Douglas, program coordinator and an instructor at the college’s Rochester campus.

“There is a big demand for skilled manufacturing employees in our local workforce, and we are creating delivery methods that enhance accessibility and focus on skills that can be applied starting on day one,” said Douglas. He said the program is designed to be a “new solution for training existing workers and investing in a current talent pool without affecting everyday business operations.”

Developed with input from area businesses, the first rollout of course offerings includes: Manufacturing Skills and Knowledge, Shop and Construction Math, Technical Blueprint Reading Fundaments and CNC Setup Operator Fundamentals.

The 20-hour manufacturing courses meet twice a week for four weeks and are taught online and at GBCC’s simulated workspace and facility in Rochester. Online classes will be recorded, allowing students to access them at the time that works best for their schedules.

Douglas said the courses are designed to help businesses by minimizing onboarding and training time, to elevate productivity and efficiency, fill skills gaps, improve employee safety and meet compliance needs.

To learn more about the new manufacturing and industrial courses visit

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