University of Pittsburgh at Titusville cuts ribbon on new Manufacturing Assistance Center

Members of Pitt and Titusville cutting the ceremonial ribbon at the MAC.

Titusville, PA – Officials from the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville’s Education and Training Hub celebrated the opening of a temporary location for its Manufacturing Assistance Center, which offers advanced, hands-on training for machining and manufacturing tools.

After several months of renovations, the MAC’s temporary space was made open to the public on Wednesday so residents could tour the facility, meet with the MAC’s instructor, Roberto Rincon, and celebrate Pitt’s commitment to workforce development in the region.

“All of us at Pitt-Titusville are grateful to the many dedicated people who walked this journey with us to make this day possible,” said Rick Esch, Pitt-Titusville’s interim president. “You and so many others understood the importance of providing opportunities that will spark participants’ creativity and challenge them to reach beyond what we can only imagine.”

Esch introduced Kristen Kerr, deputy director of Titusville’s Community Development Agencies, which helped to procure the facility for Pitt-Titusville at no cost while Pitt-Titusville renovated the space.

In addition to Kerr, many other regional industry leaders; employers from Franklin, Oil City, Meadville, and Erie; and other tenants from the local Titusville Opportunity Park attended the ribbon cutting.

Among the 56 attendees was one of the earliest advocates of the hub model, Dr. Larry Feick, who previously served as interim president of Pitt-Bradford and Titusville during the 2018-19 academic year.

“Today’s event,” Feick said, “is another tangible sign of the progress in the transformation of the campus. The MAC in Titusville will provide regional companies employees with cutting-edge manufacturing skills, building on their years of success in Pittsburgh.”

The Manufacturing Assistance Center is continuing to offer classes throughout the fall and will begin offering advanced training in 2022. For more information on the MAC and upcoming classes visit Titusville.pitt.edu/MAC