13 people graduate from NCC program

NASHUA – On Friday, Nashua Community College saw 13 students graduate from its Microelectronics Boot Camp.

“Every class takes on a persona, but this one has been the most determined,” Workforce Development Coordinator Jon Mason said in his graduation address.

Mason recalled students from the most recent class arriving early and staying long after class to improve their skills. So far, their hard work is paying off, as many graduates are already receiving job offers.

Graduation guests and speakers hailed from industry partners, such as BAE Systems and Mercury Systems. Community partners including MY TURN, the Adult Learning Center, and a representative for Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess came out to cheer on the graduates as well. Carol Kreick, longtime community leader and board member at the Adult Learning Center, imparted the importance of microelectronics for Greater Nashua.

“This microelectronics program is a miracle to the community,” Kreick said, while outlining the history of Sanders in the 1970s, which later became BAE Systems.

Graduate David Jordan said the program has given him the chance to dive into a stable career path. “You don’t know what an opportunity this is,” Jordan said, “I wish this was here 10 years ago for me, but I’m glad I got it now. It’s been amazing.”

The complete list of graduates is as follows: Joseph Bade, Jeffrey Boland, Echrifa Bouabdellaoui, James Brunini, Anthony Camino, Christopher Elliott, Christopher Garofolo, Cheryl Goodwin, Yina Jimenez, David Jordan, Michael Magliozzi, Jacquelynn Malboeuf and Jacob Ylitalo.

The 10-week, noncredit Microelectronics Boot Camp launched in summer 2016, and has over a 95 percent hiring rate for graduates. It was designed to both meet industry demands, and teach students basic military standards and assembly techniques for radio frequency and microwave electronic assemblies. The skills are taught with visual aids, lectures, and hands-on practice using equipment common to microelectronics assembly techniques.

A new camp begins July 9. Each session runs 10 weeks for 40 hours per week. The program cost is $5,500, and sessions run all year. Learn more at www.nashuacc.edu/academics/microelectronics-boot-camp.