WorkReadyNH, LRCC Advanced Manufacturing, & NH Works, Working Hand-in-Hand

LACONIA — Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) Advanced Manufacturing (AM) student, Jeffrey Bilodeau of Meredith wasn't sure what he would get out of attending LRCC's WorkReadyNH program.

He was referred by NH Works, the State's employment agency. "Give it a try," said NH Works Laconia Office Manager, Carol Cantin and Bilodeau did. He has now completed the 3-week training and the rest is history.

"Jeff's experience with WorkReady at LRCC lead to a boost in self-confidence, a sense of accomplishment, and a source of inspiration to go back to school," says LRCC WorkReadyNH Program Director Manuela Bittner-Shuey. "The WorkReadyNH program gave Jeffrey the nudge needed to move into a career pathway that he had been thinking about for quite some time. With only twoweeks to the beginning of the Spring Semester,  Bilodeau registered and arranged for funding for the LRCC AM certificate program; again, the rest is history."

When asked what he felt was the best part of the WorkReadyNH program, Bilodeau believed that the small group size, role playing, discussion, and hands-on activities helped him absorb the workplace soft skills needed in today's job market. "WorkReady Instructor, Stephanie Alicea; Program Assistant, Valarie Young and I made the program memorable for Bilodeau. Jeffrey will do well in whatever he chooses to pursue."

Bilodeau's future goals include completing the LRCC Advanced Manufacturing Certificate program, securing a CNC Machinist position in the area, and continuing for the LRCC AM Associate Degree.

For information about WorkReadyNH, call (603) 366-5396. To find out more about LRCC's Advanced Manufacturing Associate Degree and Certificate programs, call (603) 366 – 5301 or visit the College's website,