YCCC Moving its Precision Machining Technology Program to Larger Space in Sanford

February 2, 2016

York County Community College (YCCC) and the Sanford Regional Economic Growth Council announced today that a lease has been signed allowing YCCC to move its very successful Precision Machining Technology (PMT) program from its current location on Eagle Drive in Sanford to the site of the former Composite Technology Center on Community Drive in South Sanford.

The move will give the school more room to house specialized training equipment and will help YCCC to expand its PMT program to accommodate more students when the facility opens its doors this September. Demand for the program has been higher than was originally anticipated when the program started in Sanford in September 2013. The first class graduated from the PMT program last summer and most of the graduates are already working at regional manufacturers. Some are going on to further their education.

"We couldn't be more pleased at YCCC's decision to expand its footprint here in Sanford," said Growth Council director Jim Nimon. "Demand is high in Maine and nationally for skilled workers. Having a source of highly-trained workers available right here in our community is a huge plus for Sanford, both for helping our current manufacturers to grow, and for attracting more industry to our community. We are working with the Industrial Development Corporation (property owner), our local Chamber of Commerce and City officials to ensure that the move goes smoothly for the college."

The PMT program offers a two year curriculum that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to use machine tools that are either conventionally controlled or computer numerically controlled (such as lathes) and milling machines to produce precision parts. The college also offers a Precision Machining Operations Certificate, a one year program in which students learn to operate a variety of conventional machine tools, read and analyze engineering drawings and use precision measuring and inspection instruments.

"This move is an important step for us," said YCCC President Barbara Finkelstein. "Sanford has been a great location for our PMT program and the IDC has been very willing to accommodate our needs. We are eager to get the new space ready to welcome our students this fall."

For more information on the Precision Machining Technology program, visit YCCC's website.