Strong partnerships between education and industry can produce incredible results. New Hampshire Ball Bearings (NHBB), with locations in Laconia and Peterborough, is a perfect example of how industry can partner with educators to create mutually beneficial relationships and expand opportunities for students.
NHBB has been involved with workforce development for over a decade. During this time the company worked diligently to forge strong partnerships with the educational community to create pathways to careers within its industry.
At the high school level, NHBB sponsors and supports the Huot Technical Center in Laconia, most notably with curriculum design, technical assistance, and internships for their Pre-Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program. At ConVal Regional High School in Peterborough students can take part in a full immersion program (two-day-a-week internship at the plant in addition to three days of classes at school) called “Manufacturing Principles and Processes.” This credit course was planned jointly by the high school and NHBB to personalize and deepen students' understanding of manufacturing careers.
NHBB is involved in post-secondary training as well. Employees serve on policy advisory boards and as course instructors for CNC machining at Lakes Region Community College.
Employees are also strongly encouraged to gain formal credentials. Many employees have Professional Development Plans and take advantage of both in-house and online technical training through “Tooling University.” There are also external credentials offered through both the University System of New Hampshire and the Community College System. The company also has an engineering apprenticeship program in place for the past ten years into which graduates in mechanical engineering from UNH are given placement priority.
Working hand-in-hand with educators is producing results for New Hampshire Ball Bearings. What opportunities can your business find through internships, apprenticeships, and other school-to-pathways initiatives?
For more information, please contact Gary Groleau, Corporate Manager of Labor Relations & Organizational Development, 603-524-0004 Ext. 6202.