FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 30, 2014
JAMESTOWN, N.C. - If you are currently
unemployed or looking to move into a new career field, this fall
Guilford Technical Community College's Corporate and Continuing
Education division will offer a short-term occupational training
program in machining. If you are mechanically-minded and possess an
aptitude for math, GTCC's Computer Numerical Control (CNC)
Machining Training program can get you started on a high-paying
The 20-week program (Sept. 2-April 29) includes training in manual
machining, blue print reading (BPR) and metrology, CNC turning and
CNC milling. Students will learn to interpret blueprints, set up
manual and CNC machines, perform basic and advanced machining
operations, and make decisions to ensure that work quality is
maintained. They'll also receive assistance with job-interviewing
skills, resume-writing and communication skills.
Upon completion of the training, students will earn two industry
credentials from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills
(NIMS) as well as the NC Career Readiness Certificate (CRC), an
employability credential that verifies an employee is skilled in
three essential areas: reading for information, applied math and
In addition, all students who successfully complete the training
will interview with at least one company that is hiring and have
the option of transferring their credits to the Computer Integrated
Machining curriculum program at GTCC. The CNC Machining Training
program has an 80 percent job placement rate.
"This training is foundational-skills training," said Jim
Donnelly, director of occupational training at GTCC. "It positions
you to get into a growing employment area. It's an area with
significant need and significant opportunity for people who have an
interest and an aptitude.
"One of the things that has shifted in the whole workforce
development arena is we're focusing on employment pathways rather
than a single job. Machining allows you to grow within a company or
an industry, and by being a higher-skill position, it's also a
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for
machinists in 2012 was $40,910 per year or $19.67 per hour.
The CNC Machining Training program is a partnership between GTCC
and the Greensboro/High Point/Guilford County Workforce Development
Board, including the Guilford Career Center in Greensboro and the
Guilford NC Works Career Center in High Point (both formerly
JobLink). The training was designed in response to feedback from
Piedmont Triad employers who indicated they have numerous job
openings but typically cannot find qualified applicants.
Applications for the upcoming CNC Machining Training program are
now being accepted. For more information, contact the Quick Careers
Training Office by calling 336-334-4822, ext. 53108 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested applicants may also submit an initial application online
Candidates will go through a screening process to identify the most
qualified applicants to help ensure student success.
The cost of the training is $850. Applicants also may qualify for
scholarships that cover the full cost of the training offered
through the Guilford JobLink and NC Works Career Center's Workforce
Investment Act program.
Classes will be held 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday to Friday (class hours
will vary) on GTCC's Greensboro Campus, 3505 E. Wendover Ave.,
Guilford Technical Community College is the third largest of
58 institutions in the NC Community College System. GTCC serves
more than 40,000 students annually from four major campuses and
three specialized centers. Learn more at www.gtcc.edu.
- Carla Kucinski