October, 2016 – Several veterans from the Veterans Transition House in New Bedford, MA toured the Tegra Medical Dartmouth facility in October to learn more about advanced manufacturing and related career opportunities in Massachusetts.
The visit was part of an Advanced Manufacturing Program (AMP) It Up grant. The AMP it up! campaign seeks to change the perception of manufacturing in Massachusetts and educate students, young adults, and their advisors that advanced manufacturing is an attractive education/career alternative. Today’s manufacturing is driven by technology and the jobs that fall in the manufacturing realm all present viable career paths.
The Amp It Up! New Bedford project brings together partners and existing resources from both workforce development and local manufacturing industry leaders in an effort to respond to the region’s shortage of adequately skilled technicians in advanced manufacturing operations.
Through the existing partnership of the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce, GNBWIB and its manufacturing partners, the program is assisting local un-employed and under-employed veterans through the City of New Bedford Veterans’ Affairs Office, the Greater New Bedford Career Center Veterans’ Affairs Department and the Veterans Transition House, and service their career readiness track as they prepare to enter into this bustling industry. It will service this constituency through providing them career-oriented initiatives such as: manufacturing site tours and job shadowing opportunities.