Vermont’s population has the second oldest median age, after Maine, with a shrinking younger population, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. The age of Vermont's population continues to shift upward as more and more young Vermonters leave the state in search of greater opportunities. This is where Vermont HITEC comes in...
Vermont HITEC and Husky Injection Molding Systems have teamed up to provide opportunities to high school juniors and seniors in Advanced Manufacturing. The program, Husky Summer Institute, offers an 8-week paid internship at Husky's facility in Milton (VT) to 9 high school juniors and seniors. Students are recruited from over 15 different high schools in Chittenden County. These students receive $10 per hour in wages, invaluable on-the-job work experience in the Advanced Manufacturing field, 17 college credits from the Vermont State College System, a National Institute of Metalworkers Skills (NIMS) credential, 320 hours in a CNC Machinist state-registered apprenticeship program, and mentoring by Husky’s seasoned staff.
To help teach the skills necessary to create workforce-ready CNC machine technicians. The program provides an opportunity for students to learn a trade while simultaneously earning wages, college credits, and hours towards an apprenticeship credential.
The program runs over the course of two consecutive summers. The first year enrolls students into the well established CNC Machinist Fundamentals Program being used at Husky. It focuses on providing them with a wide breadth of foundational knowledge. The second year of the Summer Institute expands upon the foundational skills and provides a greater depth of knowledge as part of the Advanced CNC Concepts Program being used at Husky. Both summer programs will have an academic component and hands-on project work, with job shadowing and mentoring occurring throughout Husky.
What Students Learn in Year One:
- Computer Numeric Control (CNC) I - G&M Code Programming
- Blueprint Reading with Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)
- Machine Tool Math
- Introducing to Inspection
- Machining Processes I
- Introduction to Apprenticeship
- Fundamentals of Tuning, Milling, Inspection, Testing, and Manufacturing Processes
- Computer Aided Design (CAD)
High Schools Represented at Husky Summer Institute include:
- Burlington High School
- Burlington Technical Center
- Center for Technology, Essex (CTE)
- Milton Senior High School
- Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans
- Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax
Vermont Department of Labor
US DOL Registered Apprenticeship
Husky Injection Molding Systems
Vermont DOL WETF grant