AMTTTP Upgrades Equipment

The Queensbury, N.Y.-based adult training program aims to help close the skills gap in the area.

The Adult Machine Tool Technology Training Program (AMTTTP), based in Queensbury, N.Y., has updated its facility with a $150,000 equipment upgrade and approximately $15,000 worth of new measurement, setup and cutting tools provided by area machine shops. The increased capacity will enable students to complete their work with fewer interruptions.

Developed by the Saratoga-Warren-Washington Workforce Investment Board in close collaboration with regional machine shops, the training program offers a six-month long curriculum intended to build a talent pipeline of skilled machinists. The effort is primarily funded by a federal Workforce Innovation Fund grant with ancillary funding provided by the Workforce Development Institute. The first iteration of the program began in November 2013, and the AMTTP reports that five students have already been hired for full- or part-time positions. A second iteration of the program is tentatively scheduled to begin in fall of 2014.

Workforce Investment Board, call 518-824-8880.