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NWPA 2-Year Plastics Process Technician Apprenticeship Program 

The Keystone Community Education Council (KCEC) has teamed up with Clarion University and the American Injection Molding (AIM) Institute to help bridge the skills gap in Northwestern Pennsylvania’s manufacturing workforce.  This state-registered program will allow the apprentices to advance their skills and help progress our region’s manufacturing base.


To enter into the Plastics Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship (PMTA) Program, a prospective student must be a resident of Pennsylvania and be employed full-time by a Pennsylvania corporation. 

There are no course pre-requisites. However, students should have basic math skills including addition, subtraction, multiplication, cross multiplication, division and working with decimals. The program will also include basic use of algebra working with variables in solving an equation and geometry to calculate areas and volumes of simple geometries.

The Plastics Process Technician Apprenticeship Program was pioneered by a collaboration of twelve plastic manufacturers in the Northwest Region. These companies recognize the importance of investing in their employees and the high value that continuing education brings to the advancement of their organizations. Through this effort, these companies have helped pave the way for skilled plastics workers to further their education in a new pathway that until now was unavailable locally.

KCEC is managing all administrative aspects of the program and helping eligible companies receive reimbursement for nearly two-third of the program costs through the Greater Oh-Penn Manufacturing Apprenticeship Network (Oh-Penn) and the Workforce & Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania (WEDnetPA). The total cost of the program is $10,500, and companies may be able to receive reimbursements up to $8,100.

Awarding Credit for an Apprenticeship

In order to enhance and achieve educational and training goals and to minimize the need to repeat coursework, successful Pennsylvania Registered Apprenticeship program graduates may be able to receive appropriate college credit for prior learning in applied technology obtained while in State Registered Apprenticeship programs.

Please contact Lance Hummer, Executive Director at the Keystone Community Education Council, by emailing

Last Updated 8/12/21