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College Machine Trades program will offer three new certificates beginning fall 2017, and a new evening schedule option

To better serve students and meet industry needs, the Anoka Technical College Machine Trades program has been revamped to include three new Machine Technology certificates and an evening class options.

The evening classes will allow students to work during the day and attend college in the evenings.

Each of the three 16-credit certificates are progressively designed to prepare individuals for entry-level to mid-level positions. After completing each certificate, graduates can choose to enter the industry’s workforce with strong skills and/or build toward the diploma or Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree programs.

Program graduates will be skilled in the areas of blueprint reading, GD&T, statistical process control, lean manufacturing, math, inspection and the correct sequence of operation required.

“A lot of our students work, both in the machine trades industry and outside of it, and they needed the option to attend classes in the evenings,” said Machine Trades Faculty instructor, Matthew Rogers. “There is also a strong need for skilled employees in the industry. So offering these cumulative certificates will allow graduates to start working once they complete their first certificate in just one semester, and then they advance in their careers as they complete the other certificates. Students can continue on to complete a diploma or a degrees as well.”

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