The Washington Times-Herald

November 16, 2013

VU excels with vets in tech program


The Washington Times-Herald

---- — VINCENNES — Vincennes University’s CNC Machinist NOW program that is targeted to veterans was featured in a Nov. 8 article in Community College Times. Published by the American Association of Community Colleges, the article was titled, “As veterans’ needs change so do college services.”

The article quotes Doug Bowman, director of VU’s Haas Technical Education Center, who cites veterans as excellent employees. “They have a lot of self-discipline, are dedicated, and work really hard,” Bowman said.

Bowman is the instructor in the new VU program that currently enrolls ten people, including nine veterans. The CNC Machinist NOW program was introduced to address high unemployment among veterans and the need for more skilled machinists in Indiana. All of the members of VU’s current class are guaranteed jobs with JWS Machine, Inc., Terre Haute, when they complete the program in December.

The company pre-interviewed the students before the program began.

Students are recruited through Save Our Veterans, Operation: Job Ready Veterans, other veterans’ organizations, WorkOne, other one-stop employment centers, and through industry partners.

The 16-week program was praised in the article by one of the students.

“The program is an opportunity that is beyond spectacular. It is the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Kenneth L. Isaacs Jr. He is an Army veteran with a wife and two children and has been unemployed since March.

“Going into training already having the job - and the employer helping you get through the training - you can’t ask for better than that. I thank everyone who put this together.”

The CNC Machinist NOW program is designed to prepare veterans and civilian adult learners to become well-rounded, entry-level CNC machinists with upward mobility potential.

The curriculum is a combination of machining theory and extensive hands-on training. College credit is not awarded for this program; rather, it is designed as an accelerated program of study around industry-recognized credentials based on skills needed for a career in CNC machining and manufacturing.

Under development for more than a year, Bowman said the program has been approved by the Veterans Administration and by Indiana’s INTraining program.

More information about the CNC Machinist NOW program is available by calling 888-4159 or email Bowman at dbowman@vinu.edu.