KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Metropolitan Community College created a short-term program called Computer Integrated Machining and Manufacturing, known as CIMM.
The 16-week program includes a six-week paid internship at one of the 29 MCC business partners. The positions will help backfill vacancies left from retiring baby boomers.
CIMM is designed to focus on exactly what skills the manufacturing companies need from new hires.
"We focus the students so they learn a lot about one thing and then they can go out into industry in our internship and be productive right away," Dave Grady, CIMM Coordinator, said.
The Fall 2013 semester is only the second semester CIMM has been offered. This semester is full and Spring 2014 is almost full for the program.
"The students come in. They get training in a very condense manor so they're not spending two, three or four years. They're spending 10 weeks and then they are actually employable," Grady said.
Grady said students in the program learn more than just manufacturing skills.
"Things like how to use the computer, being to work on time, showing up prepared to go to work and those types of things," he said.
The State of Missouri allocated a grant specifically for the program.
"The tuition is taken care of by the state which helps the students, it helps us of course. Whatever helps us and the student helps the business partners in the end," he said.
Jason Leal is one of this semester's 30 students who signed up for the 19-credit course.
"It's a pretty good deal really. Gets some on-the-job training and hopefully open up a door for future employment somewhere else, you know?" said Leal.
This program starts at 8 a.m. and goes until 4 p.m. Leal cannot afford to give up his main source of income, so he goes to work at 4:30 p.m. and works until midnight.
"Makes for a long day. It is what it is. You got to do what you've got to do,” Leal said.
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