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Workers maneuver a lathe into a new training classroom at the former McKeesport Daily News Building. New Century Careers is holding an open house in the space on Thursday. (Photo special to Tube City Almanac)
Community members and elected officials are being invited to tour a space that will soon be used to train machinists for jobs in manufacturing.
New Century Careers is holding the open house and VIP reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday on the second floor of the Tube City Center for Business and Innovation, 409 Walnut St. A ribbon-cutting is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
The Pittsburgh-based non-profit is offering its "quick-train" introduction to manufacturing curriculum in McKeesport for the first time.
The free, 125-hour accelerated course provides basic training in machining concepts. People who complete the course may then enter an apprenticeship with a union or employer, or transfer to New Century Careers' Pittsburgh location for their complete course, a spokesperson said.
Applicants must be at least 18, have a high school diploma or GED, submit a completed application, including high school transcripts and two reference letters, and successfully complete an aptitude test.
New Century Careers is moving into a space once used to make printing plates for the newspaper, which closed at the end of 2015.
It joins other tenants in the building, including the Mon Valley Support Center for the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office, Flashover Fire Apparatus and Equipment, the Mon Valley Independent newspaper, Point Park University’s Center for Media Innovation and Tube City Community Media Inc.
To RSVP for Thursday's event, email Ashley Kirsch or call (412) 212-0005.
Originally published June 12, 2019.