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TRANSFORM is a certificate program in Advanced Manufacturing. The year-long program includes 2 semesters of certificate courses (25 SH total) in Manufacturing Technology or Manufacturing Innovation.


TRANSFORM Program Collaboration

MassBay Community College and Northeastern University, with support from the National Science Foundation, are collaboratively creating and implementing an innovative TRANSFORM model to further develop the skill sets of non-technical college graduates in order to prepare them for careers in manufacturing. The program enables bachelor’s degree graduates in non-technical fields to be trained for advanced manufacturing jobs that would otherwise go unfilled due to the shortage of qualified job seekers nationwide.


TRANSFORM Program Video

MassBay Video about TRANSFORM Program--Poster


Curriculum at a glance

TRANSFORM Curriculum (as of 2016)

TRANSFORM programs are sponsored by MassBay, NU, and NSF.

Interested in participating? Apply now! (Deadline: Rolling deadline)


Apply online:
Online application for TRANSFORM Advanced Manufacturing Certificate Program

For questions regarding the application and additional program information please visit :

Phara Boyer
College and Career Navigator GP STEM
Phone: 781-239-2581

Industry Partners

If you are interested in recruiting program participants for internship or career opportunities with your manufacturing firm, please contact:

Claire Duggan, Director of Programs or call (617) 373-2036.


  • Are you interested in career track in advanced manufacturing, technology and innovation?
  • Do you have a Bachelor’s degree but are looking for a new career which utilizes the skills you have acquired and also provides you with advanced training and lucrative employment opportunities?
  • Are you looking to meet these goals in a year without substantially adding to your current student debt?

Why Advanced Manufacturing?

  • Did you know Manufacturing employs 50% more workers than most other industries in the state – nearly three times as many as in information services, and nearly six times as many as in all of the arts, entertainment, and recreation firms?
  • Employees in Advanced Manufacturing careers earn $65,333 per year on average.
  • There are an increasing number of job opportunities in manufacturing technology and innovation industries including pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, electronics, aerospace, defense, and textiles.

Program Information

  • Certificate in Manufacturing Technology or Manufacturing Innovation
  • 2 Semesters of Courses (25 Credits) at MassBay Community College

Career Tracks

Upon completion, participants will be qualified to fill a number of high-demand advanced manufacturing positions including:

  • CAD/CAM (Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing)
  • Marketing, Sales, Customer Service, and Accounting
  • Manufacturing Business Operations
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control

Application and Enrollment Dates and Deadlines

  • Application Deadline: Rolling deadline
  • Classes Begin: Sept 6, 2016

Total Program Cost

$4,400 for MA Resident


Unlike technical majors such as engineering, unemployment among non-technical majors is high; 8.9% for Social Sciences and 9.4% for Liberal Arts graduates. Unemployment or underemployment of a high percentage of these recent college graduates is problematic for the economic vitality of our nation. These students do not contribute to the nation’s economic growth through either their intellectual skills or their spending power.

In this project, Northeastern University and MassBay Community College are collaboratively implementing an innovative TRANSFORM model to retool the skill set of liberal arts college graduates to prepare them for careers in manufacturing. The project is enabling the targeted population to step into the advanced manufacturing jobs that otherwise go unfilled due to shortage of qualified job seekers nationwide. The TRANSFORM program is also increasing the awareness of manufacturing careers among members of underrepresented groups.

The TRANSFORM model is using the share-the-burden approach among the concerned constituents (government, industry and technical education providers). The modular, 12-month fast-track curriculum of the TRANSFORM program includes courses and internships. The industry-based internships are providing students with project-based learning experience to facilitate students’ career transition. TRANSFORM is offering a scalable pedagogically proven manufacturing curriculum for liberal arts graduates that can be replicated at the local, regional, and national levels, and in other sectors such as energy. Social media is being used to reach out to liberal arts graduates on a broad scale.

The three guiding evaluation questions for this project are:

  • What is an appropriate model of self-efficacy associated with preparing the target population to confidently and capably enter the manufacturing workforce?
  • Do the various components of the program successfully prepare the target population to enter the manufacturing workforce?
  • What institutional capacities are needed to sustain the program over time?