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MCC Offers CNC Machining Certificate Program Classes in Summer, Fall

[Tuesday, April 22, 2014]

Get started on a new in-demand career path this summer with a one-year certificate program in Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) Machining.

The CNC Machining Certificate program is ideal for those who are unemployed, underemployed, recent high school graduates or graduating seniors, ages 18 and older. Students will learn skills that are directly applicable in the operation of computer-controlled machines performing one or more machine functions on metal or plastic work pieces. In addition, students will become familiar with CNC programming using G codes and conversational programming.

The courses are part of the MCC Fast Track program and are arranged in a sequence that provides optimal learning opportunities. Students can begin their certificate program as early as this summer or fall, beginning May 19 through Aug. 4. The first eight weeks includes Introduction to Manufacturing and the second eight weeks emphasizes mechanical blueprint reading.

 Students may apply all their credits from the CNC Machining Certificate toward an Advanced Manufacturing Certificate and use those credits toward an Associate in Applied Science degree in Engineering Technology.

The CNC classes take place in the MCC manufacturing lab that was made possible by the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) grant from the Department of Labor.

"Students in the one-year certificate program will have an opportunity to train for entry level jobs with an excellent starting salary close to home and in turn, manufacturing jobs can stay here in McHenry County," said Stephen O’Connor, coordinator of TAA CCCT grant program.

McHenry County College and 20 other community colleges are part of a consortium called the Illinois Network for Advanced Manufacturing (iNAM), which focuses on educating individuals in areas that lead to high-wage, high-skilled advanced manufacturing occupations.

For more information on the CNC Certificate program, visit the website: or contact Lori Smyth at (815) 479-7831.

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