Speed interviews at MCC-Business & Technology: Quick path to a career

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After five years of seasonal work, Judith Burnam wanted a career that offered more security and stability. A semester in the Computer Integrated Machining and Manufacturing (CIMM) program is the first step toward that goal.

Burnam, 63, took another step Tuesday during CIMM speed interviews with several companies at the MCC-Business & Technology campus. Those 10-minute interviews likely will lead to a six-week paid internship and possibly a new career by the end of the semester.

“I enjoyed the interviews. Interviews usually make me nervous, but it was nice to get to meet with so many different people about the internships,” said Burnam, one of several students participating in the interviews. “I’ve been pleased with the entire CIMM program. The teachers are good and accommodating, and it’s nice to be able to meet with potential employers.”

The CIMM program includes a job-ready pathway in which a student can acquire the skills needed for a career in one 16-week semester. The semester concludes with a six-week paid internship at one of nearly 50 companies in a consortium.

“It’s important that we provide our students with opportunities to engage with employers,” said Tatia Shelton, Career Services coordinator. “Giving them a chance to meet with this many companies will help them connect and provide them with valuable interview experience.”

David Grady, the program coordinator, developed the consortium and continues to work with local companies to place students. Shelton, who assists students in honing their interview skills and polishing their resumes, organized the interviews.

Representatives from Pro-Con, Fike Corporation, R&D/Leverage, Best Technologies and Manufacturing, UltraSource, Probitas Manufacturing Tech and Great Western Manufacturing met with several CIMM students for 10 minutes each.

“We’ve hired some very good employees (from the CIMM program),” said Rex Kelly, an MCC-BT alumnus and director of program management for Best Technologies. “We’re looking for people with good skills and experience, and the students here get both. The internships are beneficial for us because there’s no risk in it. We get to see what kind of employee the person will be. And the great thing for the students is that they connect with employers.”

Students with a good attendance record and a “C” or higher grade are eligible for the six-week internship. “A” students are paid $13.50 per hour, “B” students $13 per hour and “C” students $12.50 per hour.

ABOUT THE CIMM PROGRAM

Students in the Computer Integrated Machining and Manufacturing program learn to make precision metal parts with manual mill and lathe machines, as well as computer numerical control equipment. Learn more about the program online.

ABOUT CAREER SERVICES

Career Services coordinator Tatia Shelton will help to prepare you for a career in resume workshops and by honing your interview skills. The Career Services website at MCC also has job listings. Learn more about Career Services online.

GOLD COLLAR CAREER NIGHT

Learn more about the CIMM program and our other Gold Collar Jobs during our next exploration night at 6 p.m. Sept. 15. Gold Collar Jobs pay $30,000 to $80,000 per year, are in demand and require an associate’s degree or less.

On Gold Collar Night, you’ll learn about the programs that will prepare you for a Gold Collar Job, meet with instructors and tour the facility. You’ll also have the opportunity to apply and meet with an adviser. Register for Gold Collar Night.