AMI at Cayuga, Helping to Fill Employee Gap

May 17th, 2017 Posted in College News & Events

Cayuga’s Advanced Manufacturing Institute (AMI) program is helping to fill a gap between experienced and less skilled employees working for local companies like Currier Plastics and Tessy Plastics.  In a recent interview with The Citizen, Thomas Ryder, a Currier Plastic engineer and Instructor of AMI at CCC described his skill gap observations. “From what I’ve seen at our company, we have a lot of older guys who have been in manufacturing for a long time and they’re getting ready to kind of retire in that area,” he said, “and we also have a lot of new guys who are starting to pick up, but there’s nobody in that middle range to follow the guys who are retiring.” 

One of the goals behind the AMI program is to help plastics industry employers find local graduates and other workers.  As an instructor of an injection molding plastics class, three of Ryder’s students are Currier employees, while the other student works at Elbridge-based Tessy Plastics plant. The class is a part of CCC’s Plastics Technology Stackable Program, which offers hands-on training in fields like blow molding and injection molding.

Ryder said the Cayuga class gives students the opportunity to work with machines and employ critical skills that would be used on a manufacturing floor.  “Something that we struggle with is trying to close that gap so we can have a better transition of skills,” Ryder said.

John F. Currier ’80, president of Currier and Cayuga Alumnus, told The Citizen that the CCC program lets potential workers get a glimpse of the manufacturing business and receive real-life experience and training that would be readily applied at Currier.  “This whole situations is a win-win for everyone,” he said.

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