WELLS, Maine - York County Community College (YCCC) has secured a location in Sanford, Maine as a new site to house its Precision Machining Technology program, which is slated to launch in the Fall of 2013.
YCCC signed a lease agreement with Goodall Hospital for a 6,050 square foot space at One Eagle Drive, in Sanford. Over the coming months YCCC will do site renovations and install the high tech machining equipment needed for the program. Graduates of the two year associate’s degree program will enter the job market with an in-depth multi-disciplinary education in mathematics, physics, engineering technology, manufacturing processes and methods, as well as a broad education in computer studies, business and liberal arts.
The program was developed in partnership with North Berwick manufacturer, Pratt & Whitney, who donated $190,000 to fund a portion of the equipment costs. The Maine legislature, led by former Rep. Devin Beliveau (D – Kittery), Rep. Kathy Chase (R – Wells), and former Republican Sen. Jon Courtney (Sanford), has agreed to provide an annual appropriation of $257,000 to fund the program’s operating costs. General Dynamics and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard are also involved in the program.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for the people and manufacturing businesses in York County.” said Steven Howe, Manager of Human Resources at Pratt & Whitney and Maine Community College System Trustee. “The pool of trained machinists in Maine gets shallower and shallower each year as we see our work force retire. YCCC has responded to this trend and the graduates of this program will have the skills they need to get hired.”
York County Community College, established in 1994, is one of seven community colleges in the Maine Community College System. The college enrolls over 1,500 students in associate degree and transfer programs and over 2,500 individuals in non-credit continuing education and professional development areas.