Butler County Community College (BC3) has created a 26-credit apprenticeship technology workplace certificate program designed to train inexperienced precision manufacturing workers and help a nearby company avert a looming crisis in the retirement of 80 of its 650 local employees within 15 years. The BC3 program launched in the fall of 2016 and is taught exclusively at Oberg Industries. Students learn blueprint reading, applied machine shop mathematics, and geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, to help them develop grinding, machining and CNC operating skills. Many credits earned in the apprenticeship technology workplace certificate, sanctioned through the U.S. Department of Labor, can also be applied toward BC3’s 61-credit Associate in Applied Science Degree in computer-aided machining technology, creating a clear career pathway for students to earn an Associate degree or further schooling. BC3 is opening possibilities for potential future grinders, machinists and CNC operators. “Idon’tknowwhatwouldhappen to our apprenticeship if we did not have this particular relationship,” says Oberg Industries apprentice training center administrator Linda Wood. “It would not be the apprenticeship that it is today,if we didn’t have this kind of partnership with BC3. We are able to attract the best talent, based on the fact that we offer through BC3 the college courses and the college credits, and it is going to allow Oberg Industries to remain a leader in this area in the machining world for years to come.” Average weekly earnings for manu- facturing workers in Butler County were $1,183, the second-highest west of the Susquehanna River.There are more than 280 manufacturers in Butler County engaged in the mechanical, physical, or chemical transformation of materials, substances, or components into new products, according to the state Department of Labor and Industry. Providing Training for Established Employers