Ivy Tech CNC Operator class of 2019 graduated, ready to work

10-06-2019 20:06


Ivy Tech Community College Terre Haute 15th class of CNC Operator training graduates Rufus Gaston, Ryan Stanley, Emma Shrout, Allison Pendleton

TERRE HAUTE – Ivy Tech Community College Terre Haute hosted a graduation event to recognize the 15th class of CNC Operator trainees on April 11 at the Ivy Tech Center for Workforce Development, at 1700 E. Industrial Drive. Graduates are now qualified for entry level CNC operator/machinist positions. Ivy Tech Terre Haute’s CNC operator training program recently received a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Award for Excellence from the Indiana Department of Education in February 2019.

Emma Short said she enrolled in the training program after the Dixie Chopper factory ceased production and she lost her job as a press brake operator. “Through grant funding, I was able to take Ivy Tech CNC operator classes for free,” said Short. “After this, I plan to start work as a CNC operator while continuing at Ivy Tech to earn an associate degree in machine tool technology.”

The credits Short earned in the CNC operator training program will count toward her degree.

Graduates each earned four nationally recognized certifications through the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) and 12 academic credits from Ivy Tech Community College’s machine tool technology program.

John Ludlow, program instructor, gave a message for graduates at the event.

“Just remember – everything that is made in this world is manufactured in some form or another has to start out with machines,” said Ludlow. “You’re going to make good money. There is always going to be a big demand for machining. You have chosen a great occupation. You will start out like everybody else and work your way up but with a great attitude you will rise up the ladder quickly and someday you’ll be making those top wages.”

To-date, 96 students have graduated from the program since its inception. The program was created in June 2013 to prepare individuals to fill local jobs in the machining industry. Ivy Tech Terre Haute collaborated with the Western Indiana WorkOne office and local machining industry partners to implement a training program. The 12-week, 225-hour training program prepares individuals for jobs as Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) operators.

The next CNC Operator training session starts in May. Funding is available to those who qualify to help pay for program costs. To learn more about CNC Operator training and other short-term training programs, visit ivytech.edu/terrehauteworks or contact Sarah Thomas at 812-298-2482 or sthomas154@ivytech.edu.