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CFCC partners with IACMI to expand machining program

Machining Wilmington, NC – Cape Fear Community College is pleased to announce its partnership with the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI). This partnership will enhance our machining training programs and directly support America’s Cutting Edge (ACE) initiative, which is committed to revitalizing manufacturing throughout the United States.

Beginning in July, CFCC will offer in-person ACE computer numerical control (CNC) machining sessions at no cost to participants. Enrollment in the program requires no prior training or experience.

The training will consist of two parts:

  1. A comprehensive, self-paced online course covering everything from computer numerical control (CNC) machining basics to advanced 3D modeling and virtual machining applications.
  2. Forty-hour hands-on lab training boot camp. This intensive experience provides participants with practical, hands-on training, enabling them to apply learned knowledge in a real-world setting.

After completing the online CNC training, a CFCC representative will contact participants to enroll them in the in-person boot camp. Enrollment for the boot camps is on a first-come, first-served basis, with each session limited to 10 students.

Current boot camp offerings:

  • July 29 – August 2, 2024 (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
  • September 9 – September 20, 2024 (Monday through Thursday 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.)

“Machining and machine tools are at the foundation of America’s manufacturing capability and its global competitiveness,” said Joannie Harmon, IACMI Vice President of Workforce Development. “We have a critical workforce skills gap regarding machine tool resources in this country. The training component of ACE is intended to help our nation recover, advance, and sustain technical and manufacturing positions – all to enable a strong, resilient, and responsible U.S. industrial base.”

“We are thrilled to receive this grant and support the America’s Cutting Edge initiative,” said Jim Morton, CFCC President. “This initiative is critical as there is a pressing need for skilled machinists to produce precision components. By enhancing the capabilities of our workforce, we are not only supporting the growth of our local economy but also addressing a vital industry demand.”

To learn more and register for the ACE computer numerical control (CNC) machining program at CFCC, visit cfcc.edu/job-training/americas-cutting-edge-cnc-training/ .

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