CCAC offers free education and training for in-demand plastics manufacturing careers

Article by: CCAC Public Relations

PITTSBURGH-The Community College of Allegheny County is providing a tuition-free certificate program that leads to family-sustaining jobs in the growing plastics manufacturing industry in Western Pennsylvania. CCAC's Plastics Manufacturing Technology Certificate program includes full scholarships that cover tuition, fees and books. Students will earn an industry-recognized certification and receive hands-on experience as well as a paid six-week internship.

Currently, plastics manufacturing is the fifth largest employment sector in Pennsylvania. Its continued growth will be fueled by the addition of the Shell cracker plant-anticipated to attract downstream investment and even more jobs from manufacturers who use the material-and the increasing use of plastics in automotive and aerospace industries due to less weight and lower costs.

The two-semester program will prepare students for careers as manufacturing production technicians with a specialty in plastics. The program offers evening classes at CCAC West Hills Center, with the first cohort starting in the fall of 2019, and the second in the spring of 2020. CCAC has also collaborated with regional plastics manufacturers who will offer paid internships to trainees during the last six weeks of the program. The program is made possible through a $150,000 grant through Governor Wolf's Manufacturing PA initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development.

"We appreciate the support from the Wolf administration, the Department of Community and Economic Development and our industry partners in helping CCAC launch this exciting program that will not only train individuals for rewarding careers in the growing field of plastics manufacturing, but will also provide a critical pipeline of highly skilled workforce talent needed for this rapidly expanding industry," said CCAC President Dr. Quintin Bullock when the program was announced last fall. "This program is just one of the many ways CCAC continues to help drive workforce development in the region, thereby contributing to the overall economic vitality and quality of life for those living in Southwestern Pennsylvania."

The number of available seats is limited, so interested applicants should apply soon by contacting Pam Grove, manufacturing grant coordinator, at 412.788.7534 or

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