1. Agawam High School adds manufacturing classes to meet employer needs

    Agawam High School adds manufacturing classes to meet employer needs

    Agawam High School is starting a new advanced manufacturing program after many years without one. The school has cleaned up a collection of Bridgeport milling machines dating to its construction in the 1950s, adding new computer-simulated manufacturing technology, and has a trained a math teacher in manufacturing. It's all part of a $90,000 effort to prep students for in-demand careers and for further study in manufacturing technology after high school. The 1,150-student high school will offer two classes beginning in September for 15 to 18 students in each class.

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    1. It's good to see another program starting up because the job situation in advanced manufacturing is worse than it was five, six, seven years ago.
    2. Demand continues to outdistance the supply.
    3. The shortage of qualified people is something we should have addressed 10, 15, 20 years ago.
    4. It's for the college-bound students as well.
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