Learning While Earning in a High-Demand Field

CCM is offering individuals an opportunity to explore a well-paying career path in advanced manufacturing by taking part in paid, on-the-job training this fall through its CareerAdvance USA apprenticeship program. Plus, for a limited time, CCM is offering little to no-cost funding for the training to those who qualify. The first step is to attend an Information Session, online, via Zoom, or in person to learn more about participating in an eight- to 10-week-long boot camp.Adult male student operating a robotic arm

The online sessions take place:

  • Wednesday, September 14, 9 a.m.
  • Tuesday, September 27, noon
  • Wednesday, October 12, 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 26, 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 9, noon
  • Wednesday, November 23, 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 7, 5 p.m.

Register at www.ccm.edu/apprenticeships-careeradvanceusa/ and scroll down to “Advanced Manufacturing Boot Camp Virtual Info Sessions.”

On September 29 an in-person information session and tour is being held on campus with a choice of times at 9 a.m., noon or 4 p.m. Sign up now at www.ccm.edu/apprenticeships-careeradvanceusa/ for the “Prospective Student Tour.”

In just 20 hours a week boot camp students acquire the basic skills of machine operation and safety in the college’s state-of-the-art Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Center (AMEC). Featuring the latest equipment in a high-tech environment, AMEC gives students the opportunity to learn advanced skills such as blueprint reading, benchworking, geometric dimensioning and tolerance, 2-D and 3-D computer-aided design, and computer-aided manufacturing.

Upon completion of the boot camp, students participate in on-campus interviews with local employers looking to hire apprentices to take part in paid on-the-job training, while receiving related technical instruction at AMEC.

While the apprenticeship program is offered at no cost, there is a $2,750 – $3,750 fee, plus the purchase of proper shop footwear ($40 and up), to take part in the boot camp. Currently, there are opportunities for scholarships, funding for those unemployed or underemployed, or a stipend of up to $2,000 for qualified participants, as well as structured payment options. All participants can gain college credit as well and eventually continue at CCM to pursue a college degree, if desired.

It is estimated that over the next decade the field of advanced manufacturing needs to fill 3.4 million jobs with most of those positions being related to the pending retirement of Baby Boomers. Along with good job prospects, the field pays well with an average starting salary of $65,000 to $85,000 plus benefits after completing an apprenticeship.

To learn more about CCM’s advanced manufacturing apprenticeship program, go to www.ccm.edu/apprenticeships-careeradvanceusa/ or email CareerUSA@ccm.edu.