RCBI to launch Military to Manufacturing training program

A new five-week manufacturing training program about to launch at Marshall University’s Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) will prepare veterans and transitioning military personnel for jobs as computer-controlled machine operators.

“Manufacturers across our region have openings for machinists,” said Carol Howerton, RCBI senior strategic advisor for workforce development. “This program will increase the talent pipeline while creating job opportunities. Veterans tend to make great machinists because of the discipline they learned in the military as well as the attention to detail and follow-through that is required. Employers consistently tell us they like to hire veterans because they’re dependable.”

RCBI will offer the Military to Manufacturing Program this March in partnership with Mountwest Community and Technical College. Participants in the 60-hour training course will receive hands-on instruction in the operation of CNC (computer numerical control) mills and lathes as well as blueprint reading, precision measuring and safety with supplemental online training through Tool U-SME.

No experience is necessary. Classes will begin March 21 and continue each Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., for five weeks.

The cost is $2,200 per student. Financial assistance is available through the GI Bill, Veteran Readiness and Employment program, and scholarships through Mountwest. Contact the Mountwest Office of Financial Aid for details at 304.710.3370 or .

RCBI’s Military to Manufacturing Program is part of the Advanced Manufacturing and Construction Skills Training project, a $2.389 million initiative, with $1,499,410 in funding from the U.S. Department of Labor – Employment and Training Administration. The other $890,256 is from non-federal resources.

For more information on RCBI’s Military to Manufacturing CNC Operator Program or to register, contact Howerton at or 304.781.1680.

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