MAST Endorses CPT Program

The Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier has endorsed the Certified Production Technician program through Jamestown Community College. Working in partnership with the Center for Industrial Effectiveness at the University at Buffalo, JCC Continuing Education is offering this program to manufacturers from Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany Counties. Employees can achieve national accreditation as a Certified Production Technician, while the employers can access grant funding to help cover costs and upgrade the skills and knowledge of their production employees. CPT supplies the core knowledge and skills required for front line manufacturing jobs. Based on industry defined and federally endorsed national standards, the content prepares candidates for entry level to supervisory production roles with a portable credential.

Curriculum was developed by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council, a 501(c)3 non-profit, industry led, training, assessment, and certification system. The program educates candidates in safety, quality practices and measurement, manufacturing processes and production, and maintenance awareness.

To offset training costs, the Workforce Development Institute is available to assist organizations in applying for a subsidy to cover half of the training costs, pending successful completion of the program by participants.

The CPT program recently debuted in Chautauqua County via a pilot with Cummins Inc.’s Jamestown Engine Plant. Cummins’ desire to offer the program locally stems from experiencing the value and effectiveness in providing a credentialed, nationally recognized training to employees at its manufacturing facility in Columbus, Indiana.

Developing a skilled workforce is essential to the competitiveness of manufacturers in the region. The MAST board of directors has endorsed the CPT because we see this as a valuable credential for both current and potential employees. The CPT is a helpful assessment and training tool that all manufacturers should consider implementing for their employees and request of their applicants.

Candidates receive 109 hours of training. The program features web-based education as well as classroom learning provided by TCIE Director of Operational Excellence Peter Baumgartner. In-class sessions held at JCC’s Jamestown Campus and supplemental textbook reading reinforce the virtual workspace lessons through interactive discussion and hands-on simulations. “The CPT material addresses the new demands of manufacturing,” Baumgartner said. “There are safety, quality and maintenance components of manufacturing that, 10 years ago, weren’t on the minds of the average employee. Now they are an integral part of their jobs.”

Candidates earn CPT certification after passing all production module exams. The CPT is accredited under the only global certification body for manufacturers, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI-ISO 17024).

Enrollments are being accepted now through JCC Continuing Ed. The program runs January through June, 2018. For more information, contact Grant Umberger at or call 338-1005.

Chamber Annual Meeting is Dec. 8

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce will hold its 2017 Annual Meeting on Friday, Dec. 8 at the Clarion Hotel, Dunkirk. The lunch meeting will include election of officers and board members for the coming year. The slate of officers nominated is: Chair, Brian Bugaj, Nestle Purina PetCare; Vice Chair, Fred Johnson, Johnson Estate Winery; Treasurer, Neil Frederick, Bush Industries; Secretary, Ann Abdella, Chautauqua County Health Network; Immediate Past Chair, Curt Anderson, Standard Portable Inc. New members nominated for the board are: Michael Pucci, Pucci’s Carpet One Furniture and Vicki McGraw, Elegant Edibles Catering.

The Annual Meeting also includes presentation of the Chamber’s Annual Pam Lydic Coalition Builder Award, in memory of the first president of the County Chamber. This year’s honoree is Dr. Minda Rae Amiran, professor emeritus at SUNY Fredonia, who has been a long-time advocate and tutor with Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County and has been active with the League of Women Voters in Chautauqua County.

The Chamber Annual Meeting is sponsored by M&T Bank, Northwest Arena, OBSERVER, The Post-Journal, Star Media Group, and Univera Healthcare Southern Tier. Please reserve your space now by contacting the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101 or online at Check-in begins at noon, with lunch at 12:15. The cost is $20 for Chamber members or $23 for non-members.

Shoptauqua Chamber Gift Cards: the Perfect Gift!

Even when you’re buying for someone who seems to have all they need, or someone with particular tastes, you can still give a gift that is meaningful and supports our local economy. The new Shoptauqua Chamber Gift Card can be used at more than 100 merchants throughout Chautauqua County for just about anything! Our participating merchant list includes antique stores, clothing stores, grocery stores, sporting goods, hardware, attractions and movies, salons, wineries, and much more!

For many years the Chamber offered a gift check program which helped support our local economy to the tune of over $2.5 million. In recognition of that important local economic sustainability, the new Shoptauqua Gift Card is proudly sponsored by the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency. For a full list of participating merchants, visit

Shoptauqua Gift Cards can be purchased for any amount up to $500. Call the Chamber for more information at 484-1101 or 366-6200 or visit our offices during normal business hours, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (closed holidays) at 512 Falconer St., Jamestown or 10785 Bennett Road, Dunkirk.