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Fourth Precision Machining-CNC Automation class graduates from STC

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SARASOTA COUNTY, June 26, 2017 – The Sarasota County School District's Suncoast Technical College is graduating another class of trained apprentices for the modern world of manufacturing at 6 p.m., Thursday, June 29.

This is the 4th year of the Precision Machining and CNC Automation program. Suncoast Technical College (STC) teaches on current state-of-the-art Haas CNC machining equipment and also uses MasterCam Cad/Cam software for programming these high-tech machines. The machines produce several products that meet today’s needs, including titanium medical hip implants, NASA space program equipment, surgical tooling, plastic injection molds, jet fighters, automotive and Tervis Tumbler molds. The CNC equipment is also used to make other material products like Taylor Guitars and boat molds at Marine Concepts in Bradenton.

The goal aligned with local manufacturing needs and Sarasota and Manatee Manufacturing Assoc. (SAMA) was to train 100 machinists in 5 years. STC stands at No. 89. The college has also produced the most National Institute of Metal Working Skills (NIMS) certifications in the Florida at No. 285 and now has added MasterCam certification training. STC also trains in traditional machining to cover all areas of teaching. The average wage range is $26,500 - $38,000 a year. However, some students make over $20 an hour out of school.

All students are working, have job offers or are continuing with engineering college since the first year. Most students are working on paid internships before graduation. Local companies are funded by Career Edge to encourage interning and on-the-job training to help companies and apprentices succeed. The industry is very busy and many in the field are retiring from this skilled trade, leaving a great chance to learn a career in a year and have a good skill for life.

STC was a recipient of $12,500 from Gene Haas Foundation for scholarships for 2018. There any many ways students at STC can get help to pay for their training. 

Suncoast Technical College is located at 4748 Beneva Road in Sarasota.

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