Oakridge Youth Earn Certifications & Graduate from Manufacturing Academy

January 21, 2022
Graduating youth proudly display their certificates of completion.

In December 2021, nine individuals from Oakridge Community Facility celebrated graduations from the Manufacturing Academy (MA), a 12-week pre-apprenticeship for Juvenile Rehabilitation (JR) youth who reside in community facilities.

In partnership with the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee and Bates Technical College, MA provides young people with the opportunity to earn seven certifications and prepares them for entry-level positions in the manufacturing industry. 

With guidance from some of the best instructors in the industry, this group of 18-21 year-olds earned five industry-recognized certifications, a combined total of 35 college and high school credits, and gained technical skills in applied math, assembly, machining, blueprint drafting/reading, welding, and more.

“We have not only learned how to use machines but have learned how to build better work ethic over the 12-week program,” said Sergio, a graduating youth. “Everyone stepped out of their comfort zone to learn. This is only the beginning for all of us.”

This cohort also participated in volunteer work, developing leadership and teamwork skills while giving back to the community. Their families and loved ones beamed with pride and shared heartfelt words of encouragement throughout the ceremony.

“These youth have worked individually and as teammates to accomplish their goals and graduate,” said Director of Community, Reentry, and Parole Programs Kathleen Harvey. “They are now both college students and manufacturing graduates and will go on to join internship and employment programs so they can gain hands-on experience and apply their skills. Congratulations, graduates!”