Machining training has become more and more inportant.
The two grants will enable the college to establish a machining program featuring computerized numerical controls, or CNC, beginning in 2016 that could help area high school students, as well as local residents, work toward an Associates of Applied Science degree in machining.
“We are thrilled to receive the grants to create this program,” said Ranger College President Dr. William B. Campion. “It will help us develop a trained workforce in the area who will have the ability to obtain high-paying careers.”
The Texas Workforce Commission grants total approximately $370,000 and will help fund the creation of a machining curriculum based out of the college’s Erath County Advanced Training Center in Stephenville, as well as purchase mobile CNC machining units.
Individuals enrolled in the machining program can achieve three different levels through the course, including a Certification of Completion (Level I) after two semesters.
A Level II certification can be obtained with three semesters of work, and, eventually, an Associates of Applied Science degree at the end of two years of study.
The first grant, a $220,000 skilled workforce award, enables Ranger College to develop a curriculum for the program, as well obtain needed equipment, including a Mobile CNC Lathe and Mill.
The ability of the lathe and mill to be mobile, according to Ranger College Vice President Dr. Kerry Schindler, who heads up the Erath County Center, will allow the college to transport the lab portion of the program to area high schools and communities as part of an effort to get dual-credit students at participating high schools, as well as local residents, a chance to obtain real-life experience operating CNC machining equipment.
In China, govenment has spent a lot on machining program. Machinists usually obtain jobs easily and get high pay, so more and more students choose to attend machining training schools.
By combining traditional manual machinists and modern CNC machinists in our factories, Guangdong Precision Alliance(GDPA) can provide a wide range of machining services.