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EvCC now offering Arlington classes

 

Christopher Andersson

Alisandra Penrose, a student at Everett Community College's new Arlington manufacturing center, works on a vertical milling machine at the open house for the program on Oct. 13.

Everett Community College is now offering machine operating, transitional studies and corporate education classes in Arlington as part of a new expansion.

The college expanded their Advanced Manufacturing Training and Education Center (AMTEC) to a new location in Arlington this September.

The new AMTEC North is currently located at Weston High School and held a public open house on Oct. 13.

Kristen McConaha, director of professional continuing education at the college, said that Arlington is part of their service area and college officials hoped to reach further north with their classes.

"Both the EvCC president and vice-president are connected with the mayor of Arlington and there's been a number of meetings about the strategic direction of the college," said McConaha. "They said 'let's be here in a more meaningful way, how do we keep people here and staying engaged?'" she said.

Classes for the new location began this September.

The college's AMTEC building provides support for students looking to get into advanced manufacturing and the new AMTEC North program is meant to be an extension of that.

"Most people come here because they want to get family-wage jobs when they're done," said McConaha.

"The main goal is to get them to their job," she said.

Manufacturing classes are interchangeable between the two locations, she said.

The machining classes are meant to be real and functional instruction, said McConaha.

Student Alisandra Penrose said she has enjoyed that aspect of the classes.

"I love it. The instructors know their stuff and they're all about the hands-on, which is really important for this kind of field," she said. "I like that at the end of the day I have something physical and tangible that I can hold in my hand," she said.

Part of the goal of the new Arlington location is to provide a more convenient place for local students to get training.

"It's pretty cool that folks don't have to drive all the way to Everett to get that kind of experience now," said McConaha.

"It's a little bit closer for some of them, and with this class the times are designed to work with bus schedules so it makes it easier for students that have restricted transportation," said instructor Adam Gott, who added that things have gone very well for the first quarter that the new center has been open.

McConaha said the college keeps connected with local businesses and manufacturers as part of the program.

"We work with the business community. We want to make sure they can donate their machines if they want to do that, or hire our graduates if they need workers," she said.

The Arlington School District is also providing some unused area from Weston High School to support the program.

"The school district has been pretty instrumental. The coordination and cooperation we have got is phenomenal," said McConaha.

More information about the college's new program is available at everettcc.edu/arlington.

 

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