Scholarships Available to Train for High Demand Positions



Kalamazoo Valley Groves Center is partnering with industry to train new workers for high demand positions as Computer Numerical Control (CNC) operators. Scholarship funds have been made available by The Monroe Brown Foundation for the $2,300 registration fee. In seven weeks, a student will have the training needed for jobs that pay between $13.00 and $17.00 per hour, to start.

CNC machine operators produce products and parts to precise industry specifications. Often called machinists, CNC operators take the computer program written to produce specific products and ready the equipment to perform the necessary work. Once a machine is set up, the machinist is responsible for monitoring the performance of the machine and the quality of the products produced. CNC operators are hired by a variety of industries.

The CNC Operator Academy is a hands-on course. Trainees will learn to operate the equipment by producing the parts which make up a model of a Harley Davidson-style motor.

“Many people enjoy work that produces visible results, involves skill and mechanical aptitude. If you also consider yourself a team player with a drive to do good work this is a program you should consider,” said Cindy Buckley Executive Director of Training. “Anyone looking for a long term, career with opportunities to grow and move up will find employers anxious to hire them and support their advancement.”

This academy was created at the urging of the Advanced Manufacturing Career Consortium, a group of 26 companies working together to increase the number of people interested and qualified for available local jobs.

For more information or to apply, go to, call 269-353-1282, or email to request additional information.