Brandon Jacobs, 20 years old, was a grocery store cashier and pricing clerk before completing the Right Skills Now program at South Central College in Faribault, MN.

He thought machining would be an interesting job.

Looks like he’s enjoying his work as a CNC machinist.

The point of Right Skills Now was to find a way to match math qualified people with training to get them prepared for entry level CNC operator positions in our industry. After 16 weeks of classroom and hands on machining, Right Skills Now participants get real experience with sponsoring employers.

Brandon shows his coach Shawn Olson that his part is in spec.

Right Skills Now made it possible for Brandon to try his hand at becoming a machinist.

His coach at Permac, Shawn Olson says “Right Skills Now made sure that Brandon had the basics mastered.”

Right Skills Now doesn’t claim to turn people into journeymen machinists overnight.

But in 16 weeks, folks like Brandon are mastering the basics of safe CNC operation and are already helping to produce precision machined products for a wide range of industries.

Unemployed? Underemployed?  Consider getting the RIGHT SKILLS NOW  South Central, Dunwoody.

Employers- do you need people with the RIGHT SKILLS NOW? (Program info pdf)

Right Skills Now can means  Right People Now for your shop.

Ask Brandon. Or Shawn.

High schools aren’t graduating people with skills that can add value in your shop.

Lorain County Community College is!

LCCC Fab Lab- Year of the Dragon was a great CAM project for their students.

From my encounters in retail with recent graduates,  just making change without a cash register is a difficult task.

Let alone using the Pythagorean Theorem to control geometry, runout, and cosine error.

Four year college graduates lack the skills we need in our shops more often than not.

Nothing wrong with being able to quote Yeats, but does it pay as much as being able to set up and operate this equipment?

Yet we have openings for people with skills.

Last night, 26 Northern Ohio Chapter members of the PMPA attended an open house of the advanced manufacturing labs at Lorain County Community College:

  • CAD Lab
  • Fab Lab
  • CNC Machining Lab
  • Welding Lab
  • Computer Integrated Manfacturing Lab
  • Manual Machining Lab

Our attendees were impressed with the equipment; they were quite impressed by the instructors.

They were delighted to sense the confidence, understanding, and capability shown by the students at work in the labs.

We may not know where the entire skilled workforce for our precision industry will come from, but we know  some local programs where we can find some skilled technicians.

The Nord Advanced Technologies Center at LCCC.

And the Entrepreneurship Innovation Institute at LCCC.