Training Success Elements

  • Trainees acquire critical Industry 4.0 career skills.
  • Self-paced training works well with family and work responsibilities.
  • Practice-based courses build competency and confidence.
  • Every trainee has a personal coach to help them stay on track.
  • Dedicated instructional support team assists trainees throughout the entire training.
  • Upon graduation, trainees are ready to step up into a new 21st century career.


The New Career On-Ramp (NCOR) training program provides trainees Industry 4.0 skills, and prepares them to thrive in 21st century careers. No college degree is required. The 160-hour training can be completed in as little as 2 months.

There are no lectures or exams. Trainees acquire critical hard skills including math, data handling, programming, blueprint reading, and 3D spatial skills through guided hands-on practice.

By working with their personal coach and the support team, they also acquire essential soft skills that include problem solving, critical and logical thinking, professional communication, time management, attention to detail, perseverance, and adaptability.

The training is self paced and works well with family and work responsibilities. Every trainee has a personal coach to help them stay on track, and a dedicated support team to assist them throughout the entire training.

Upon completing the program, graduates have acquired the skills needed to be very effective 21st century manufacturing workers and are ready to pass widely recognized certifications including NCRC (National Career Readiness Certificate) and TOSA. NCLab assists its graduates with job placement. Most graduates start a new career immediately upon graduation.

Mandatory Courses

    • Math For Tech (WM1)
      This 40-hour course is for trainees who need a refresher on basic math. It takes away any anxiety they might feel towards math. In small and simple steps, we review how to work with whole and decimal numbers, fractions, percentages, unit conversions, and solve simple tech-related math problems. After completing this course, graduates are ready to pass the ACT WorkKeys Applied Math exam. This course can be waived upon demonstrating math fluency.
    • Data Literacy 1 (DL1)
      In this 40-hour course, trainees become proficient with spreadsheets. They learn how to organize, format, and manipulate data, use formulas and functions, perform calculations, use Boolean logic and conditionals, work with conditional aggregate functions, wildcards, and arrays, work with date and time values, use info functions, and interpret errors. They learn how to process text data, perform basic data lookups, import data from external sources, clean data, and prepare it for analytics. After completing this course, graduates are ready to pass the TOSA Basic Level exam.
    • Data Literacy 2 (DL2)
      In this 20-hour course, trainees learn fundamental data concepts and how to use spreadsheets to visualize both quantitative (numeric) and qualitative (categorical) data. They review basic statistics concepts and are introduced to data analytics. After completing this course, graduates are ready to pass the TOSA Advanced Level exam and the ACT WorkKeys Graphic Literacy exam. Prerequisite: DL1.
    • Computational Literacy 1 (CL1)
      In this 40-hour course trainees learn how computers think, how they operate, and how they can be used to solve problems. They learn how to design algorithms and type code, identify repeating patterns, and use loops to repeat actions. Upon completing the program, they have acquired the mindset and skills needed to successfully deal with automation and intelligent machines. After completing this course, graduates are also ready to pass the ACT WorkKeys Workplace Documents exam.

Elective Courses

      • Computational Literacy 2 (CL2)
        This 40-hour course is designed for trainees who’ve enjoyed CL1 and are interested in learning more about coding. They learn about Boolean logic, conditional statements, conditional loops, how to define custom commands and functions, and how to break complex problems into simpler ones. Prerequisites: CL1
      • Reading Blueprints (RB1)
        In this 20-hour course trainees learn how to read, understand, and interpret blueprints. The course covers various types of blueprints, the structure of a blueprint, and then it goes in detail over all important components of a blueprint. It also helps trainees understand things like the plumbing or electrical in their own homes. 
      • Spatial Literacy 1 (SL1)
        In this 40-hour course, trainees develop strong visual-spatial reasoning skills by actively building 2D and 3D models. Through hands-on practice with a scripting CAD (Computer Aided Design), they learn how to create and manipulate 2D and 3D solid objects, and how to combine them to build complex 3D models. They learn how to 3D-print the models that they have built.
      • Spatial Literacy 2 (SL2)
        This 40-hour course is designed for trainees who want to learn more about solid modeling and CAD. They learn advanced aspects of solid modeling and create a capstone 3D model of their own choice under the supervision of an NCLab CAD expert. Prerequisites: SL1


      What Our Trainees Say About Us

      This is how I like to learn

      “This is how I like to learn, at my own pace. I like the bite-sized tutorials and I feel a real sense of accomplishment when I complete the exercises that follow them.” M.J.

      The program is great

      “I cannot compliment enough any training that involves students actually working on the problems rather than just listening.” A. S.

      Compliments to the NCLab team

      “Please extend my compliments to the NCLab team if you can, and keep advocating for this type of learning, if at the very least as an option for people like me who learn well this way.” F. A.

      I’m really enjoying this class

      “The emphasis on working at your own pace removes the stress of a normal class, and I can work around my other classes. NCLab is much better than similar programs, such as DataCamp. Not only do I learn the material, I retain it. Each lesson uses all or most of the previous concepts, which provides additional practice and ensures that you don’t forget the previous material. This is one of the most enjoyable and informative programs I’ve taken.” N. L.