Moraine Park Technical College graduated its seventh and eighth class of students from the Manufacturing Skills Academy, Friday, December 20. Three students graduated from the welding training and nine from the Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machinist training. In total, Moraine Park has had 76 students graduate from the Skills Academy in the past year.
Moraine Park’s Manufacturing Skills Academy offers 15-week boot camp sessions in either welding or CNC training. They were designed to combat a shortage of skilled manufacturing workers in Wisconsin. Moraine Park partners with many local manufacturing employers including Amerequip, Brenner Tank, John Crane and Mid-States Aluminum.
The boot camps combine a 72-hour paid internship with coursework, including Occupational Math, Print Reading, Team Building and Problem Solving and courses specific to their program. Skill training for CNC includes basic programming, machining and turning center, while welding students learn welding and cutting techniques.
Those who completed the CNC boot camp include: Andrew Behrensprung of Random Lake, Nicole Cross of Menomonee Falls, Jason Dorn of Oshkosh, Brian Heath of Oshkosh, David Hess of Eden, Taylor Knapp of Menomonee Falls, Ray Pinch of Fond du Lac, Roy Siewert of Berlin and Shawn Stapleton of Hartford. Those who completed the welding boot camp include: Paul Anderson of Kewaskum, Colin Schloegel of Grafton and Ian Wirtz of West Bend.
Both the welding and CNC boot camps are funded by grant dollars. The welding training is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor TAACCCT grant, and the CNC training is funded by the Wisconsin Workforce Partnership grant from The Wisconsin Covenant Foundation, Inc.
For more information about Moraine Park’s Manufacturing Skills Academies, visit morainepark.edu/bootcamps.