Middlesex CC Hosts Graduation Ceremony for New Partnership

August 3, 2023
Middlesex Community College hosted a graduation ceremony for students who completed the RENEW Equipment Technician with Robotics course. From left to right are MCC President Phil Sisson, Todd Robertson, Steven Gaudet, Christian Chan, MWCC’s Meghan Severance, MWCC’s Indira Smart, Enid Famania, Steeve Auguste, Magnussen Chery, Motoyuki Yamanaka, Louis Schleier, Charles Riley and MWCC President James Vander Hooven. Photo from MCC

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Middlesex Community College hosted a graduation ceremony for students who completed the RENEW Equipment Technician with Robotics course last Thursday. The nine program participants received an OSHA 10 certification and are sitting for the Tooling U certification exam. They are eligible to be screened by Insulet for open positions at the company.

“It is my honor and privilege to stand before you today as we celebrate this outstanding milestone,” said Steeve Auguste, who spoke during the ceremony. “The knowledge and experience we have gained has shaped us into equipment and robotics technicians who have mastered the basics of blueprint reading, electronics, troubleshooting systems, programming, procedures, quality management systems, and principles of leadership. We have also acquired critical thinking, problem solving, and interpersonal skills that will serve us well in the years to come.”

The nine program completers include Steeve Auguste, Magnussen Chery, Louis Schleier, Christian Chan, Enid Famania, Todd Robertson, Motoyuki Yamanaka, Charles Riley, and Steven Gaudet.

Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) was awarded the RENEW grant from the Commonwealth Corporation with EOLWD and the Workforce Skills Cabinet, funded by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program was run in coordination with MCC, Mass Life Sciences, Insulet, and MassHire. 

“Congratulations to the graduates on their tremendous accomplishment,” said MCC President Phil Sisson. “MCC is proud to partner with our sister institution and local businesses to provide these students with the opportunity to advance their professional and personal lives. The graduation was a celebration of their hard work and resilience, and the success of this partnership.”

“I congratulate the graduates, and thank our friends here at Middlesex Community College for their partnership on this vital program,” said Mount Wachusett Community College President James Vander Hooven.

In addition to Sisson and Vander Hooven, Undersecretary for Workforce Development for the State of Massachusetts Jennifer James Price, EOLWD Rescue Plan Program Manager Ashley Terrill, and representatives from Insulet, Mass Life Sciences, Commonwealth Commitment, and MassHire were also in attendance.

“The Workforce Skills Cabinet and Commonwealth Corporation have been grateful to be part of this partnership helping Insulet build a pipeline of manufacturing talent,” Price said.

The program ran from May 31 through July 27 on MCC’s Bedford campus. Students worked hands-on to gain relevant knowledge and skills to prepare them to enter an in-demand industry. 

MWCC provided the robotics equipment and trainer, while MCC supported with instructors, curriculum, and collaboration with MassHire Lowell. 

“Caitlyn Gullege of MassHire does a great job of helping interested people get into these types of special programs, and she will make her schedule available for that person to get them in the program,” said Amy Veillette, MassHire Lowell Career Center Assistant Manager.

MCC and MWCC will partner again for a cohort this fall on MCC’s Bedford campus.

“The program was great with in-depth learning and a steep learning curve that you could easily access with the help of the staff and teachers,” Gaudet, of Sterling, said. “It was an all-around goal to achieve the end of the class.”

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