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LaunchPad Manufacturing Series: Nicole Smith

This Edge Factor LaunchPoint episode tells the story of a young woman, Nicole Smith, who explores the world of manufacturing, realizes her own potential for success, and becomes laser focused as she acquires skills and starts her career.

How do you break away from the status quo and exceed even your own expectations? What does it take to become the first one in your family to attend and graduate from a
post-secondary education? It takes courage. It takes determination. It takes FOCUS. Nicole Smith's greatest strengths lie is her ability to stay committed to achieving her goals.

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While attending the Exploratory Program at Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School, Nicole discovered her natural aptitude towards manufacturing and mechanics. Nicole's Instructor, Tate Ostiguy noted, "Nicole's attention to detail and processing techniques showed me that she was always thinking one step ahead."

During her four years at Bay Path, Nicole was focused on her studies and heavily involved with extracurriculars, including SkillsUSA, the National Honor Society, and numerous other organizations and charities. After getting a taste of what it felt like to use her strengths to create products and make a difference, Nicole wanted to do more. Equipped with a solid foundation at Bay Path, Nicole was ready to keep learning.

She enrolled at Quinsigamond Community College and was equipped with the machining and technological skills she needed to excel in her career. For Nicole, graduating college was a groundbreaking personal accomplishment. When she walked down the aisle and received her diploma, Nicole became the first person in her family to graduate from a post-secondary education.

One of her educators at Quinsigamond was Steve Phillips, the co-owner with his wife of Phillips Precision in Boylston, MA. Seeing firsthand her skills and willingness to learn, Steve and Cathy were excited to invite Nicole to work for them. When asked if she enjoyed working at Phillips Precision, Nicole replied, "I enjoy the variety of Phillips
Precision. I have three very different machines, the 3D printer, laser etching, and coordinate measuring machine (CMM) in my corner of the shop and they all require a different method of thinking. I need to think of how each one of these machines run individually, which is a challenge I can appreciate."

Steve and Cathy Phillips from Phillips Precision saw her potential and ability to grow in the company. Cathy concluded, "For a small and growing shop like Phillips Precision, having someone with the technical ability and attention to detail like Nikki has sped our continuous improvement plans. Until she arrived, as owners, Steve and I would carry out these tasks in our "spare time". With her ability to stay focused and her determination to learn more, the possibilities for Nicole Smith to advance at Phillips Precision and in her career are endless.

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