In a meeting co-facilitated by the Erie Chamber, local manufacturing industries have now partnered with Erie County Community College (EC3) because of their new program offering: Computer Numeric Controlled Operator/Programmer (CNC) certificate.

Computer Numeric Controlled Machining is a type of manufacturing that uses computerized controls to customize a part whether it be plastic, wood, or metal materials.

Always looking for apprentices to fill their spots, the manufacturers found it beneficial to send their employees to participate in EC3’s program to gain skills and knowledge. Ajax and Industrial Sales & Manufacturing have already sent students to participate.

EC3’s Computer Numeric Controlled Operator/Programmer program began this spring term and local partners are sending employees to participate as well.

“As the College begins to flourish, opportunities to engage our community partners becomes a natural part of that growth,” says Dr. Chris Gray, President of the Erie County Community College. “Being able to engage the local manufacturers provides us the opportunity to show exactly how EC3 plans to contribute to the County in a big way.”

Micro Mold facilitated a tour that included EC3 administrators, County Executive Brent Davis, Senator Dan Laughlin and Jake Rouch Vice President of ERCGP.

EC3’s CNC program has nine courses and can be completed in as little as three semesters. Graduates of the program can be competitive in obtaining entry-level positions that lead to careers in advanced manufacturing. For more information, please email