RCBI partners with Guard to offer new job training program

Young people are learning in-demand industry skills thanks to a new partnership between the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) and the West Virginia Army National Guard.

The Mountaineer Job ChalleNGe Program is a 22-week course that provides training that leads to certifications and job placement. The free program is open to graduates of the Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy who are between 17 ½ and 22 years old.

Participants choose from occupational pathways that include manufacturing technology, medical technology, construction and energy.

RCBI is partnering with the Guard to provide the training in manufacturing technology. Classes are being offered on an interim basis at RCBI Bridgeport but will move to the Mountaineer Challenge Academy in Kingwood, Preston County, later this year where RCBI instructors will continue to deliver training.

The effort is an expansion of the pre-apprenticeship program offered to cadets at the Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy through RCBI’s Apprenticeship Works program.

Participants in the Manufacturing Technology Program learn how to set up, program and operate CNC (computer numerical control) machines widely used in advanced manufacturing. Students also learn blueprint reading, precision measurement and computer-aided design.

Students who complete the program will be prepared for entry-level careers in manufacturing. They also will be eligible to enroll in RCBI’s Machinist Technology/CNC program, offered at four locations across the state.