Thanks to a partnership with Rock Valley College, Woodward Inc., and Rockford Public Schools, 12 students will take part in a manufacturing training program this summer.
Eleven of the students are recent District 205 graduates and will take part in the CNC (computer numerical control) manufacturing training. The twelfth student has been hired as a part-time employee at Woodward and will take full-time classes at Rock Valley College through its GEM program.
The program runs through August 8 and students qualified by taking the Work Keys test. About 100 people asked to be interviewed, and that number was whittled down to 25 who received second-round interviews in May.
Tuition, books, and other fees are taken care of through a grant obtained by RVC. Students who complete the program will earn two National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certificates and will be able to interview for one of six full-time jobs Woodward has set aside for the program. They will also be eligible for employment around the nation as entry-level CNC operators.
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