NASHUA — Nashua Community College celebrated the graduation of its fourth Microelectronics Boot Camp in a Friday morning ceremony hosted on campus. All 10 graduates have been offered positions at BAE Systems.
“Trying to think back over the past 10 weeks, what the biggest outcome for me is this class, for the first time, everyone’s going to BAE,” said Steve Jencks, Microelectronics Boot Camp instructor. “They are all dedicated students, and these students are all going as a cohesive group.” Jencks said there is a “fraternity” of alumni from the boot camp. “Part of that fraternity is they bring their goodwill and leadership skills; they are not just going in as employees. They are taking their spirit and their skills with them.”
The career training program launched in October 2016 in partnership with BAE Systems. Since then, the 10-week sessions have run continuously throughout the year, maintaining a 95 percent employment rate for alumni. The fourth graduating class was the first group in which 100 percent of graduates were offered positions at BAE.
Other local businesses that support the program with resources, equipment and employment opportunities include SemiGen, Inc., Mercury Systems, Inc., Lockheed Martin and Monzite Corp.
“I’m thrilled all you folks will hopefully be coming to BAE; but it’s not just about BAE, it’s about giving you the opportunity and the skills to thrive at any of these companies,” said Kim Cadorette, ECS Operations Director of the Ramp to Rate Program at BAE SYSTEMS. “This is just the beginning, and there is lots more to come,” Cadorette said, “I am excited for everyone here to start their journey.”
The non-credit program offers training for the in-demand manufacturing skills such as wire and ribbon bonding and die attachment that local companies are looking for, while giving students a pathway toward a lucrative career.
Jon Mason, Corporate and Community Outreach for NCC, has been instrumental in supporting business and recruiting outreach for the program. Mason praised graduates for working hard throughout the program, and said with every successful class, the Microelectronics Boot Camp continues to grow. “It’s monumental, the way it rolls,” Mason said.Congresswoman Annie Kuster, who visited the class in May, was unable to make the graduation and sent her Nashua representative Bobby Graham to read a statement.
“I want each student to know how proud I am,” Kuster stated in her letter, and praised the program for partnering the interests of public education with the private sector.
June 23, 2017 graduating class of the Microelectronics Boot Camp:
Mariah Pacheco, Brighton Palmer, Alicia Acevedo, Genaro Espinoza, Eunice Portillo, Nancy Elliott Amadio, Ariel Matos, Austin Palmer, Anthony Garcia, and John Korpi III.