New manufacturing training program coming to Kirkwood Community College

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Kirkwood Community College is partnering with IowaWORKS to start a 16-week training program for CNC Manufacturing. The goal is to help meet to help offset the worker shortages of area manufacturers.

After the program is done, people could have the opportunity to interview with a company about a manufacturing job. The jobs could pay between $15-$24 per hour.

According to Elevate Iowa, the demand for CNC Machinists will grow by 23%. The classes will start February 28th, and run in the evening. People will get to learn CNC skills like doing basic measurements, cutting raw materials using lathe and milling machines, and blueprint reading.

They hope that will help fill the need for manufacturing jobs that will open up locally. Officials say baby boomers are retiring, and they're struggling to replace them with younger workers.

Instructor for the CNC class Andy Livin says, "A lot of kids are being steered towards a four year degree and they don't put a lot of thoughts in industrial technology, that there are a lot of good careers in not just manufacturing but other areas in industrial technology."

Carla Andorf with Kirkwood Community College says of the programs, “The great thing about this certificate is that it turns into 9 credit hours and it also is equivalent to four NIMS credentials which are transferable throughout the United States.”

The program requires a high school diploma or something equivalent to it. It cost $4,400 dollar, but there are tuition assistance programs to help cover the cost.

Kirkwood is only accepting 20 people for the program. Megan McCarville at IowaWORKS, Lindale Mall, is available at 319-365-9474 extension 31186 to answer questions about the program and tuition assistance opportunities.