RCBI celebrates 50-plus skilled graduates of advanced manufacturing programs

May 4, 2017

The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) will celebrate next week as more than 50 skilled individuals graduate from its nationally recognized programs and prepare to enter the manufacturing workforce as machinists, CNC technicians and welders.

“We know our graduates and their skills are in demand in West Virginia because manufacturers across the state repeatedly come to us seeking to hire them,” said RCBI Director & CEO Charlotte Weber. “Together, we’re helping ensure the skilled workforce our state requires to grow and prosper while providing West Virginians jobs right here at home. That’s something for which we all should be proud.”

RCBI’s 2017 graduates will be recognized during ceremonies in Huntington and Bridgeport for completing RCBI’s Machinist Technology and CNC Programs as well as its Welding Technology Program. The public is invited to attend graduation May 10 at 2 p.m. at the RCBI Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center in Bridgeport (2400 E. Benedum Industrial Drive) and May 12 at 3:30 p.m. at the RCBI Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center in Huntington (1050 Fourth Avenue).

RCBI’s nationally certified career skills programs offer rigorous, hands-on instruction that prepares individuals for immediate employment and lifelong professional advancement. In completing the programs, students earn industry recognized certifications (from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills and the American Welding Society), an RCBI certificate and work toward an associate of applied science degree from Mountwest Community & Technical College. More than 90 percent of RCBI machining graduates secure employment in their chosen occupations.

Since its inception, nearly 600 individuals have completed RCBI’s nationally recognized skills training. Graduates of the programs have earned nearly 1,900 individual machining credentials. Nearly half have earned or are working toward a college degree.