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CCM is now offering the Advanced Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship Program for FREE to all students!

As the recipient of a $4 million CareerAdvance USA Grant, County College of Morris (CCM) and its partner schools are offering training and apprenticeship programs for those looking to build rewarding and well-paying careers in the high-demand field of advanced manufacturing.

As a CCM CareerAdvance apprentice, you will gain skills in a condensed timeframe in order to obtain a job in advanced manufacturing. You also will have the opportunity to gain college credit during your participation if you would like to continue and pursue a certificate or college degree.

Apprenticeships are available to those with little to no knowledge of advanced manufacturing, along with those with a basic knowledge of the field. Interested participants can see an overview of the program below:

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The Program

  1. Pre-Apprenticeship Boot Camps: Two options are offered:  Day and Evening/Weekend. Day Cohorts are seven to ten weeks long, totaling about 20 hours a week.  Evening/Weekend is about 20-22 weeks long at about 11 hours a week. The boot camps are for those who need to be trained in the basics of machine learning. There is a fee to take part in the Boot Camps, however, scholarship opportunities are available and the program can be taken a reduced cost or free of charge.
  2. Apprenticeship Programs: Apprentices are hired by a company to take part in on-the-job training, while receiving related technical instruction, for about 12-18 months. During an apprenticeship, participants are trained at the company as well as on CCM’s campus. They are company employees and receive the same benefits everyone else does, there is just an added training component. 
  3. Current Apprenticeship Opportunities: CNC Operator: Milling, CNC Operator: Turning, CNC Operator: Milling and Turning, Robotics, CAD/CAM, Die Manufacturing, Quality Assurance/Quality Control, Machine Maintenance.

Apprenticeships are also available to companies that want to provide current employees with additional training and an opportunity for advancement.

Bootcamp Courses Include

Shop Basics (MFG-101E)

Prerequisite course for all students.

Shop Basics provides you with an introduction to Advanced Manufacturing concepts, and establishes a comprehensive understanding of the manufacturing process, including how to remain safe on the job and in the shop. This is a required course for all students.

Cost: $250

Advanced Manufacturing Core (MFG-106E)

Building upon the information learned in Shop Basics, Advanced Manufacturing Core provides you with further knowledge in the areas of Blueprint Reading, Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T), Bench Working Skills, Safety, 2-D AND 3-D Computer Aided Design (CAD), Manual Machining and Computer Numerically Controlled Machining (CNC). After successful completion of this class, students will be eligible to earn OSHA-10 Safety Certification and NIMS: Measurement Material and Safety Certification.

126 hours; 12.6 CEU

Cost: $2,500

CAM Fundamentals (MFG-126E)

This class will provide you with the knowledge to create G-Code form 3D models using Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM). Students will learn how to then use these codes to produce parts on the Computer Numerically Controlled Machines (CNC).

24 hours; 2.4 CEU

Cost: $500

NIMS Certification (MFG-108E)

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Certification Prep class provides students with practice exams and lab time to improve their skills. Students will be eligible to earn the NIMS: Benchwork and Layout certification upon completion of the class.

30 hours; 3.0 CEU

Cost: $500


Join one of our Virtual Info Sessions – learn how to prepare for careers and apprenticeships in the Advanced Manufacturing industry. For more information about our programs and opportunities join us for an info session via zoom. We have several dates and times available for your convenience, simply click the button with the date you want to attend and register for the session. Upcoming dates:

December 13 at 5PM
January 17 at 12PM
February 7 at 9AM
February 21 at 2PM
March 13 at 5PM
March 27 at 12PM
April 10 at 8AM
April 24 at 12PM
May 15 at 5PM
May 29 at 2PM

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Words can not express how grateful I am to have been awarded the opportunity to take part in CCM’s Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering Program. The Bootcamp enabled me to start a brand new career and secure a wonderful position with an amazing company. The Pre-Apprenticeship and Current Apprenticeship program helped me to build the skill and confidence needed to be successful. In my opinion there is no better way to learn or start this new chapter. I can’t imagine doing any of it without the support given by the instructor and by the entire AM&E team. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Jackie Fontes
CCM Alumuma
AM&E Bootcamp Graduate
QA/QC Apprentice with Weis-Aug

My enjoyment for where I am today because of County College of Morris Advanced Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship Program can barely be contained. I was laid-off and unemployment ran out, had a bunch of interviews but simply couldn’t land a job. Then this program came across my path. After a tour it was clear this was well thought out and thorough with clear direction and attainable goals allowing one to gauge their strengths and weaknesses along the way.

Continually faculty and staff would advise our team, the students, to reach out with questions or anything else such as letters of recommendation. They also interacted with us via multiple learning formats and encouraged integration of technology. This led to my being well prepared for both hands-on shop work and using software programs my new employer, VitaQuest International, has asked me to perform. From shop safety and proper machine operation to resume writing and mock interviews, County College of Morris has been a large part of where I am.

Now I’m working with a grounded company that has a long track record of business success and vibrant welcoming employees who harbor great culture. Just today I saw a fellow pre-apprenticeship program graduate. We took a moment to talk, and both agreed, “What a great opportunity, experience, and outcome”. Thank you to all at County College of Morris. Go “Titans”

Adam Pochocki

“Hands on experience was key. Manual machining (and hand writing G-code) is a rare skillset in 2021. I believe it separates true machinists from someone who can simply operate a CNC machine. I believe it’s very important for CCM to continue teaching students how to manually machine.”-Boot Camp Student

“This program was amazing helped me learn a new skill and gave me new opportunities in a new field. Anthony and Sergio are amazing at what they teach and find the best way to make each person understand how to do the tasks asked. Would recommend this program to anyone trying to get out of their comfort zone or even if they want to find a new career.” –Boot Camp Student

“Great instructor’s great environment great people. Positive learning experience.” –Boot Camp Student

“Program was great. Will be coming back for CAD 2. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat” –Boot Camp Student

“Fantastic program. Do not change a thing. I’m really excited to get started with the Apprenticeship Program.”-Boot Camp Student


Do you need to have previous experience in Advanced Manufacturing?

Answer: No, people with prior knowledge are welcomed to join the program

Does this course start every semester?

Answer: No, this course is continuous rolling admission, which means start when you are ready

How long is this program?

Answer: Our boot camp program is 6-9 weeks

Is this program completely virtual?

Answer: No, the introductory course is almost completely virtual, but the main courses are completed on campus at County College of Morris

Is this program hands-on?

Answer: Yes, you will be training and developing skills on state-of-the-art machinery within our Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering Center

Is there an opportunity for scholarships?

Answer: Yes, after completing our introductory course, you can apply for a scholarship

How many hours do you need to dedicate the program?

Answer: About 20 hours per week

What does the hands-on training schedule look like?

Answer: Students will be on campus from 9:00am until 3:00pm for 4 days a week for the last three weeks of the boot camp

Do I need to buy a textbook for this program?

Answer: No, textbooks are not required for our boot camp and materials needed will be provided during class

Do I need to purchase supplies for this program?

Answer: The only supplies needed for our boot camp is steel toe shoes

What type of machines will I be working with?

Answer: Machines you will be using are Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) and Manual Mill and Lather Machines

How much will I make if I am hired by a company partner?

Answer: Students will earn a minimum of at least $15.00 an hour

What certifications will I receive?

Answer: You will receive an OSHA-10 and CPR certification during our boot camp and our program offers optional courses for you to receive additional credentials

Will I receive college credit after completing this program?

Answer: Yes, you will receive 4 college credits after completion of our program

Who could possibly hire me?

Answer: Manufacturers within Morris, Sussex, or Warren Counties

To view all of our technical standards, click HERE.


County College of Morris will not discriminate against apprenticeship applicants or apprentices based on RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, NATIONAL ORIGIN, SEX (INCLUDING PREGNANCY AND GENDER IDENTITY), SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENETIC INFORMATION, OR BECAUSE THEY ARE AN INDIVIDUAL WITH A DISABILITY OR A PERSON 40 YEARS OLD OR OLDER. County College of Morris will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 30

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County College of Morris will not discriminate against apprenticeship applicants or apprentices based on RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, NATIONAL ORIGIN, SEX (INCLUDING PREGNANCY AND GENDER IDENTITY), SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENETIC INFORMATION, OR BECAUSE THEY ARE AN INDIVIDUAL WITH A DISABILITY OR A PERSON 40 YEARS OLD OR OLDER. County College of Morris will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 30


“CareerAdvance USA Scaling Apprenticeship GRANT is sponsored by a $4 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (Federal Award ID. No. (FAIN): HG-33031-19-60-A-34. The US DOL grant includes additional match funds amounting to over $1,000,000 to support project goals.”