Make Your Future Happen at Clackamas Community College’s Maker Academy

Clackamas Community College is launching a new Industrial Technology Maker Academy for those ages 17 to 29. Over the course of two days, participants will be exposed to one of the most in-demand and growing fields in the manufacturing industry, as well as gain hands-on experience to assist them in exploring new careers.

The Maker Academy will showcase computer numerical-control (CNC) machining and how it is used in advanced manufacturing. Students will learn about cutting-edge technologies and skills in CNC operations, 3D printing and digital design. The academy is March 6 and 13, from noon to 4 p.m. each day.

Those who complete the academy will be invited to join the college’s tuition-free CNC operator training program. Candidates who complete the 11-week training will be considered for hire as machinist/CNC operators with some of the best companies in the area. Starting wages for CNC machine operators are $16-20 an hour.

“Our CNC operator training program has proven results in getting students jobs, internships and apprenticeships,” Tom Brown, CCC workforce advisor, said. “We connect candidates with employment trainings, career coaching, job preparation support and other resources.”

Attend an orientation to learn more. Orientations will be held at the Industrial Technology Center in Oregon City on the following dates and times:

  • Feb. 20, 10-11 a.m.
  • Feb. 25, 3-4 p.m.
  • Feb. 28, 1-2 p.m.
  • To register for the orientation, visit techhireclackamasevents.eventbrite.com.

    The Maker Academy is made possible through TechHire Clackamas, which is a U.S. Department of Labor grant to help young adults acquire education and training to qualify for high-demand jobs in advanced manufacturing and technology. TechHire can provide financial assistance and support services to those who are ages 17-29 and qualify for assistance.

    For more information, call 503-594-3956 or email techhire@clackamas.edu. Clackamas Community College is located at 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City.

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