CV-TEC and Protech Solutions Announce New “Women in Manufacturing” Training Initiative

This initiative enables women from varying backgrounds to pursue a career in the manufacturing field

PLATTSBURGH – CV-TEC and Protech today hosted a morning informational breakfast meeting for Business & Industry partners and sponsoring agencies seeking information on a new CV-TEC/Protech Solutions initiative designed for women seeking to enter the industrial sector of employment. The 128 hour “Women in Manufacturing” (WIM) course is designed to provide women with the necessary training and skills to obtain high paying manufacturing jobs and with the opportunity for advancement.

Following opening remarks from Director Friedman, Susan Matton, Vice President of Economic Development at the North Country Chamber of Commerce, and Joel Wood, Director of NamTrans, presented helpful regional employment data underscoring the importance of helping women to enter our manufacturing labor force.

Presenter Holly Black, Talent Acquisition Lead with Protech Solutions, stated that during her childhood, members of her family were employed in the manufacturing sector and that she experienced first-hand the excitement of witnessing production lines actively engaged in the manufacture of new and innovative products.

Principal, James McCartney and Adult Literacy Teacher, Alexis DiRolf outlined the curriculum slated to be offered to participants in the Women in Manufacturing course, including: Precision Measurement; Blueprint Reading; Hand & Power Tools; Electrical & Crimping; Soldering; Workplace Safety (Including OSHA 10); National Work Readiness and Computer Literacy. The course will end with a final skills-based project and an employment seminar during which time completers are given the opportunity to interview with prospective employers. Graduates will be presented with two certifications and a certificate of completion.

The breakfast meeting was attended by representatives from Bombardier Transportation, Wabtec/Vapor Stone Rail Systems, IEC Holden, Spencer ARL, and Generalist. Also in attendance were representatives from ACESS-VR, OneWorkSource, WDI, and the Department of Labor.


CV-TEC is a New York State Education Department (NYSED) approved and Council on Occupational Education (COE) accredited Career and Technical Education (CTE) center serving over 600 students from 16 public school districts throughout Clinton and Essex Counties.
Protech Solutions sources temporary, contract, and permanent specialized personnel to the automotive, mass transit, aerospace, and defense industries. Protech Solutions provides highly qualified professionals who can oversee large projects from their design, planning, initiation, execution, and to their completion.