Athens Technical College in Monroe offered members of the community an opportunity last week to see exactly what the facility can offer in terms of training in the manufacturing field.
Following a luncheon, attendees were given an opportunity to tour the machine tool technology lab and see some of the machinery available for students. The luncheon was arranged by Lenzy Reid, executive director of the Walton County campus of Athens Tech after Sadie Krawczyk, economic development specialist for the City of Monroe, pointed out that people are not aware of the great resource the college is to the area.
“People don’t know what we have to offer here and events like this will help us get the word out,” Krawczyk said.
Speakers included Shane Short, executive director of the Walton County Development Authority and Mike Samadi and Stuart Rolf, directors for the Industrial Systems and Machine Tool Technology programs. Various prospective employers were on hand, such as Hitachi, Leggett & Platt and Baxter. Many lamented the lack of skilled workers in the manufacturing sector, in particular maintenance. There are attempts, even in Washington, to try and encourage people to pursue careers in engineering and manufacturing.
ATC offers an opportunity for students to learn a skill that can earn them a diploma or an associate degree in machine tool technology – either straight out of school, while working on the job, or even as a new skill later in life to help enhance their employability.
Graduates from the program qualify for positions as general machine tool technicians, a position that carries a starting salary ranging from $20,000 to $33,000 per year. It also sets them on a path they can follow to pursue further education to become advanced machine tool technicians, CNC specialist, tool and die technicians and mold-making technicians.
Krawczyk said they hope to offer more opportunities to introduce the public to just what is available in educational training opportunities through the Walton County campus of Athens tech. The lunch was catered by the students from the Culinary Arts program.
For more information about Athens Tech in Walton County, go to www.athenstech.edu. Information about the machine tool technology program can be obtained by calling Stuart Rolf at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 706-355-5073.