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‘Mini-renaissance’ in manufacturing helps fuel demand for skilled workers

Mike Cox was laid off last year from his longtime job as a pressman at a printing company near Worcester. Lacking a college degree and up-to-date manufacturing skills, he prepared himself for protracted  unemployment.

Then he was accepted into an intense eight-week training course for operating computerized manufacturing equipment known as “computer numerical control,” or CNC. Not long after completing the program, Cox landed a job at Phillips Precision Inc., a Boylston maker of plastic and metal products for food-service, medical-device, electronics, and other area firms.

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