RCBI Graduates Earn National Certifications

May 16, 2014

BRIDGEPORT, W.VA. – More than 30 students have earned national certification as 2014 graduates of the Machinist Technology/CNC Program and the Welding Technology Program at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing.

Fifteen of the graduates were awarded Associate of Applied Science degrees, which are offered by RCBI in conjunction with Mountwest Community & Technical College. They and other graduates from across West Virginia and southern Ohio were honored May 8 during ceremonies at RCBI’s Bridgeport Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center.

Students awarded their Associate of Applied Science degrees in Machinist Technology/CNC were: Cameron Arthur of Cottageville; Chester Bailey of Lesage; Brian Barker of Clarksburg; Christopher Eaves of Huntington; Zachary Frazier of Salt Rock; Brendan Haley of Sistersville; Anthony Hawkins of Keyser; Glen Lester of Waverly; Zachary Miller of Wellsburg; Michael Pinkstaff of Morgantown; Cameron Poling of Thornton; Brian Shell of Keyser; Jacob Smith of Huntington; Travis Spurlock of Huntington; and Russell Sweet of Salt Rock.

John Erdlitz of Huntington was awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree in welding. He is the first-ever graduate of RCBI’s two-year Welding Technology Program, also offered in conjunction with Mountwest.

Earning one-year Machinist Technology certificates were: Clarence Bays of Culloden; Kevin Bee of Flemington; David Bennett of Hedgesville; Kim Berlt of Huntington; Zachary Bronosky of Chesapeake, Ohio; Joseph Cobb of Barboursville; Stephen Cripe of Dunlow; William “Evan” Davis of Hurricane; Curtis Edwards of Buckhannon; Austin Glotfelty of Terra Alta; Patrick Gonzalez of Mount Clare; Curtis Hammond of Apple Grove; Joshua Hawley of Huntington; Gary Laslo of Huntington; Jacob Matheny of Morgantown; James Nicely of Proctorville, Ohio; Christopher Rafferty of Milton; Garret Roark of St. Albans; Reuben Sayre of Hurricane; Swain Sturgis of Huntington; and Wayne Zirkle of Clarksburg.

RCBI’s Machinist Technology/CNC training program was the first in West Virginia to be certified by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). This certification ensures that RCBI graduates meet nationally recognized standards of excellence and affords them portability in the job market.

More than 400 machinist students have completed the machinist training program at RCBI since its inception. Of those, more than 90 percent have gone on to careers in their field of expertise.

RCBI operates Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers in Huntington, Charleston and Bridgeport. It provides businesses large and small with the technology, expertise and training to remain at the forefront of innovation in an increasingly global economy.

For more information on RCBI or its training programs, call 800.469.7224 (RCBI).