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Funding will allow River Valley Community College to offer training for advanced manufacturing jobs

(Washington, D.C.)-U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen today announced that her request to fund a portable classroom for River Valley Community College has been approved by the Senate as part of the Fiscal Year 2010 Omnibus Appropriations bill and is expected to be signed into law by President Obama later this week. Shaheen secured $100,000 for River Valley Community College to expand its Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machine operators training program throughout New Hampshire so that operators can obtain advanced manufacturing jobs. 

"This program connects people with the skills needed to be successful in a 21st Century economy," said Shaheen. "We must continue to offer opportunities like this to create good, local jobs and to help our workforce adapt to the changing needs of the global economy."

The program matches individuals directly with advanced manufacturing jobs in their own communities by allowing them to train where they live and work.

"An important value of community colleges is our ability to respond rapidly to the needs of our constituents," said Steven Budd, President of River Valley Community College. "With this funding, we will equip a mobile machine tool classroom that will bring River Valley Community College's accelerated machine tool technology program to employer sites throughout New Hampshire.  Our goal is to provide quality education and training in a format, schedule, and location that connects employers with work-ready employees."   

River Valley Community College will be able to expand existing skills training programs across the state with the addition of portable machine equipment. In a three year period this enhanced program will educate, train, and upgrade skills for up to 150 unemployed, underemployed, and incumbent workers.