The Machine Operators Skills Training Program (M.O.S.T.) is a pilot training program designed to prepare displaced, unemployed workers for careers as machine operators in advanced machine shops. Candidates selected for this free program participate in an intensive, two-week training process. Starting wages for CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) machine operators can range from $10 to $15 per hour.The Vermont Department of Labor (VT DOL) is now accepting applications for the M.O.S.T. program that begins in Bennington on May 8, 2006. Applicants are not required to have previous manufacturing or machining experience. Candidates who successfully complete the training will be eligible to fill current job openings in the Bennington area.The 10-day, accelerated curriculum includes Basic Math Skills, Basic Blueprint Reading, Mechanical Measurement and Quality Control, CNC Milling Technology, and hands-on CNC Programming and Machine Operation. All training is done in a mobile training center specially equipped with computers and desktop machining equipment. After completing the M.O.S.T. classroom training, successful participants selected for employment will receive 60 days of paid, on-the-job training.The M.O.S.T. program is being managed by the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC) and the five other New England affiliates of the nationwide Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). M.O.S.T. is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The program was launched in Maine on February 8, 2006 and is now spreading to the other New England states.For more information or to apply for the M.O.S.T. program, contact Wendy Morse (802-442-6376) at the VT Department of Labor in Bennington.About VMECVMEC is a not-for-profit Center headquartered in Randolph Center whose mission is “To improve manufacturing in Vermont and strengthen the global competitiveness of the state’s manufacturers.” This is done through professional consulting, one-on-one coaching, and public and onsite workshops to help Vermont’s approximately 2,000 small and medium sized manufacturers increase their productivity, modernize their manufacturing and business processes, adopt advanced technologies, reduce costs, and improve their competitiveness. Visit www.vmec.org(link is external) for more information.
The Undergraduate Student Goverment Senate convened for its first session of this semester Tuesday night. The session’s focal point was a presentation by USG President Rini Sampath, in which she discussed, among other topics, the issue of the cost of college.“College affordability is an issue for all students, but especially for low-income students and students who come from middle-class families,” Sampath said.Sampath said students have reached out to her regarding difficulty with tuition increases and the financial aid office.“Many students are coming to USC expecting their college tuition [to be]covered by these different aid programs,” she said. “But from the emails that I’ve been getting from students, they are having issues with the financial aid office, and they are having issues with the costs going up. Tuition went up $2,000 this year, and we don’t know where that money is going.”After the session adjourned, Sampath said that it “breaks [her] heart” to know of students transferring out of USC, taking leaves of absence or stopping their education altogether because of rising tuition costs or insufficient aid packages.Alec White, USG residential senator, stated that he personally knows of two friends who had to leave USC because of tuition difficulties. He added that other universities are tackling these issues.“Other schools have policies that work well,” White said. “For example, Stanford had one policy that said that if your parents make $125,000 a year or less, you get free tuition. Some schools, like Penn State, have had tuition freezes.”Sampath also commented on other universities’ tuition policies. She mentioned George Washington University, a private college that charges students the same tuition all four years.“For example, let’s say that [coming] into USC with a tuition of $42,000 a year, it will cost [this amount] the rest of the four years; it will not increase,” Sampath said. “Whereas, as Alec was saying, since we came into college, tuition has increased by a couple thousand dollars. That’s just not OK. If you adjust on inflation, it doesn’t even reflect those numbers, so I don’t think the excuse of inflation really works as a college affordability stance.”Sampath and White delineated their advocacy strategy, which will begin with a student survey.“We are going to be doing advocacy work on all fronts, in terms of talking to the communities most affected by these types of problems,” Sampath said. “We are going to be reaching out to different cultural assemblies to see how their constituents are affected by college affordability. We will urge students to share their college affordability stories with me personally, to email me and to meet with me.”Another important issue discussed during the meeting was the mental health of the student body. USG will work with the Academic Culture Assembly and Wellness Affairs to “tackle mental health on campus.” USG is also looking to implement a fall break — contingent on a vote from the faculty senate — and expand cultural resource centers.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error BOSTON >> With nothing to do Thursday night, and the Los Angeles Lakers in Boston a day before taking on the Celtics, injured superstar Kobe Bryant did something he never was able to do before. He went to a college class.The 15-time All-Star was drafted in 1996, straight out of high school, bypassing college. He took the opportunity Thursd to attend an international marketing class at Boston College. Apparently, it impressed even this Bostonian. Trouble viewing on your device, app or browser? See full stream.
DES MOINES — Attorneys for the State of Iowa are challenging a jury’s verdict against former Governor Terry Branstad.The jury awarded Christopher Godfrey $1.5 million after concluding Branstad retaliated against the former Workers Compensation Commissioner because he’s gay. After taking office in 2010, Branstad asked Godfrey to resign in the middle of Godfrey’s six-year term. When Godfrey refused, his salary was cut by a third.Branstad’s legal team argues there was not enough evidence to prove that Godfrey’s sexuality was behind that decision. Godfrey’s attorney, Roxanne Conlin, says that was for the jury to decide.“There is nothing that anyone can do to change the fact that the jury found that Terry Branstad, Governor of the State of Iowa, discriminated against Chris Godfrey because he was gay,” Conlin says.The state’s attorneys also argue reducing Godfrey’s pay was within the governor’s authority. In a motion filed Wednesday, they ask the judge to either reverse the jury’s verdict or order a new trial.