Apprenticeship program targets manufacturers

TALKING SHOP: Edward Forero, right, a CNC intern at Hope Valley Industries in North Kingstown, speaks with the owner of the company, Tom Melucci. The CNC milling machine that Forero is operating makes the molds used in the injection-molding manufacturing process. Hope Valley Industries manufactures and distributes automotive accessories. / PBN PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO
TALKING SHOP: Edward Forero, right, a CNC intern at Hope Valley Industries in North Kingstown, speaks with the owner of the company, Tom Melucci. The CNC milling machine that Forero is operating makes the molds used in the injection-molding manufacturing process. Hope Valley Industries manufactures and distributes automotive accessories. / PBN PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO
Hope Valley Industries in North Kingstown, which makes automotive accessories such as floor mats and mudflaps, could use a few more CNC programmers. To that end, says Julie Zito, the firm's director of human resources, the company plans to apply for an apprenticeship grant in the coming year through a new program that will dedicate…

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