Machinist, welding grads earn industry credentials, secure job offers

December graduates of RCBI’s Machinist Technology/CNC and Welding Technology programs not only earned more than 50 industry recognized credentials and RCBI certifications but the majority had job offers even before they graduated.

RCBI’s career skills programs, offered in partnership with Mountwest Community and Technical College, boast a job placement rate of more than 90 percent. Students can earn a one-year certificate, two-year associate of applied science degree and national certifications from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) or the American Welding Society (AWS).

“The fact that graduates land jobs quickly in their chosen fields speaks to the caliber of our program and the demand locally for skilled machinists and welders,” said Charlotte Weber, RCBI director & CEO. “That’s why we’re launching new classes to January. Students don’t need to wait until fall to begin training.”

December graduates, degrees & certifications, and employers are:

  • Greg Null of Huntington: associate and certificate degree, machinist/CNC programming certificates, associated of applied science degree and 7 NIMS, Null’s Machine & Manufacturing in Huntington
  • Blake Stuart of Louisa, Ky.:  certificate degree, machinist/CNC programming certificates and 5 NIMS, HG Medical in Huntington
  • Carson Stuart of Fort Gay: associate and certificate degree, machinist/CNC programming certificates, associated of applied science degree and 5 NIMS, HG Medical in Huntington
  • Eric Hesson of Kenova: associate and certificate degree, machinist/CNC programming certificates, associated of applied science degree and 5 NIMS
  • Cade Milum of Huntington: certificate degree, machinist/CNC programming certificates and 5 NIMS
  • Chance Billings of Worthington, Ky.: machinist/CNC programming certificates and 6 NIMS, FLSmidth in Winfield
  • Hayden Hussell-Davis of Huntington: machinist/CNC programming certificates and 5 NIMS, FLSmidth in Winfield
  • Kevin Dudding of Dunlow: welding technology certificates and associate of applied science degree

To learn more about the RCBI Machinist Technology/CNC and Welding Technology programs or to apply, visit www.rcbi.org/career-skills. Classes begin Jan. 10 in Huntington. “If you’re interested in starting this spring, you’d better hurry. We’re near capacity,” Weber said. “Only two open seats remain in either program.”

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