Machining/manufacturing alums return to hire more MCC students

CIMM program coordinator David Grady (from left) with MCC CIMM alumni Austin Crall, ACI Services; Aaron Humphrey, Vector Tool & Engineering; Alex Begemann, Fike Corp.; and Ryan Schauer, Mid-Continent Machining

Here’s one sign your workforce program is working: when the employers who recruit at your campus are alumni of your program.

MCC-Business & Technology’s March 6 “speed interview” event for students in the computer-integrated machining and manufacturing program involved representatives of a dozen local companies. They conducted 10-minute interviews with CIMM students that could lead to a six-week paid internship and a new career.

Of the 12 companies that participated, four of them brought interviewers who had been students in MCC’s CIMM program in the last five years.

“I believe this is a strong testimonial for the strength of our program,” says Tatia Shelton, MCC-Business & Technology career services coordinator.

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.

David Grady, the CIMM 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 speed interviews.