CNC Touts Success During Open House

TCC’s Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Program will be on display today during an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. at the TCC Opportunity Center in Fort Worth’s historic Stop Six neighborhood at 5901 Fitzhugh Ave.

Launched last October, the second CNC class began Jan. 10 with full enrollment as employers eagerly await their successful completion. “We anticipate future classes to experience at least as high a placement rate because these students are learning skills for jobs waiting to be filled,” said Stephanie Sipho, Corporate Services special projects coordinator.

The program has a job placement rate of more than 80 percent for its first graduating class.
Atlas Copco, Bledsoe Brace Systems, Martin Sprocket & Gear, Inc., Owens Machine and Tool Company and Trinity Forge have hired the first nine CNC graduates.

Funded by a $441,660 grant from the Jobs and Education for Texans Program, the goal of the two-year curriculum is to train 100 machinists to program and operate CNC machines that form metal parts. Graduates earn four certifications – CNC machinist, OSHA safety, forklift operation and first aid/CPR.

The training is the result of a collaborative effort among the TCC Foundation, TCC’s Corporate Services, TCC’s Workforce Services, the Women’s Center of Tarrant County, the Fort Worth Housing Authority, and Workforce Solutions of Tarrant County.

During the open house, there will be a tour and CNC training will be demonstrated. Local businesses also will provide details about their companies and career ladders for machinists and will discuss open positions. Additionally, Women’s Center Career Navigator Naja Morris will also be available to answer questions.