New Hampshire companies use Job Training Fund investments and Nashua Community College to improve skills in QuickBooks, blueprint reading, and lean process improvement
Nashua Community College partners with D.D. Bean & Sons Co., WH Bagshaw and Vapotherm as part of statewide professional training initiative
NASHUA – As part of its statewide mission to provide professional training across New Hampshire, Nashua Community College (NCC) will coordinate specialized job training sessions with employees at D.D. Bean & Sons Co. of Jaffrey, W.H. Bagshaw Co. of Nashua, and Vapotherm Inc. of Exeter. The trainings are made possible due to a $400,000 grant through The New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs Job Training Fund. Community workforce development partnerships have become common at NCC, as well as other community colleges throughout the Granite State, as employers look for ways to combat workforce challenges.
“We have long prioritized building strong public-private partnerships with our local businesses,” said Jon Mason, corporate, community and continuing education coordinator at Nashua Community College. “NCC is proud to offer a variety of ongoing career training programs, and we are also happy to work with businesses and organizations to tailor trainings for their specific needs.”
At D.D. Bean and Sons Co., the largest producer of paper matchbooks in the world, NCC will arrange specialized training in intermediate and advanced level QuickBooks and Microsoft Excel for company employees. The two popular financial and accounting tools are vital to the efficiency of the organization.
“NCC brings an experienced and knowledgeable instructor who will deliver the training at our workplace, saving us valuable time during the workday,” said Meg Hart-Smith, accounting generalist at D.D. Bean & Sons Co. “The skills we gain from the training will be used daily in our manufacturing environment. This training will make each employee more valuable within our organization and the state’s workforce overall.”
At WH Bagshaw, a major domestic and international supplier of all types of pins, pin assemblies, and wire products, it is difficult to find skilled machinists. The company recognizes the importance of the right “fit” for an employee can be just as important as the skills he or she brings, and has integrated this awareness into its workforce development approaches.
“We can't always find experienced CNC machinists, but we have done quite well hiring individuals based on work ethic, aptitude, and cultural fit, and by being able to train them on the skills we need them to have benefits us and our employees greatly,” said WH Bagshaw Vice President Adria Bagshaw. “The partnership with NCC has helped this process; we can teach people the skills we need, but we can’t teach them to be the right fit.”
NCC will train WH Bagshaw employees in geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T), which is a system for defining and communicating engineering tolerances, and blueprint reading.
At Vapotherm, NCC will train 100 employees in lean process improvement, injection molding, quality-risk project management, customer service, and management and leadership practices. This training will take place in NCC’s facilities.
Combatting a widening skills gap in New Hampshire, officials are employing creative approaches to upskilling employees and helping employers determine their current and future professional development strategies. Taylor Caswell, commissioner of the Department of Business and Economic Affairs, said that this year’s demand for training programs including those through the NH Job Training Fund is approximately twice that of last year.
“Our employers in New Hampshire need this program, and I think it’s fair to say based on the demand, it’s working,” Casswell said.
Recognizing the unique needs of employers throughout New Hampshire, NCC has developed a collaborative process that includes performing a needs assessment for each company it works with – including the latest recipients of job training funds – and using those findings to shape the training models.
About Nashua Community College
Since 1970, Nashua Community College has been successfully meeting the educational needs of the Greater Nashua area through providing a high quality two-year, post-secondary education. The college partners closely with area industries that provide students with a unique perspective in their fields of study, allowing for a real-world experience to further their academic journey. Students can choose from a variety of associate degree and certificate programs, with six of their programs now being offered online. Nashua Community College is a member of the Community College System of New Hampshire. The seven community colleges in the system are committed to working with businesses throughout the state to train and retain employees to develop a robust workforce across all sectors and embraces the "65 by 25 Initiative," which calls for 65 percent of New Hampshire citizens to have some form of postsecondary education by 2025 to meet future workforce demands.