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SCC machining program celebrates expansion with new name

Southeast Community College’s long-time Machine Tool Technology program has a new name to go along with soon-to-be-completed new and remodeled space.

The program’s new name is Precision Machining and Automation Technology, and it also will begin offering two focus areas instead of three: Tool Maker and Computer Numerical Control and Automation.

“This is a better reflection of the current technology recognized by business and industry and potential students,” said Dr. Dennis Headrick, SCC’s vice president for instruction.

New construction and remodeling of existing machining space in the Eicher Technical Center on SCC’s Milford Campus began last fall. The addition will accommodate new technology in the program, as well as the consolidation of the Milford and Lincoln campus programs effective with the 2013 Summer Quarter. Kingery Construction of Lincoln is building the addition.

The expansion is being completed in two phases. The first, a 5,000 square-foot addition, is scheduled to be completed by the end of March. During SCC’s Spring Quarter, which begins April 1, the second phase will be completed, where 10,000 square feet of existing space used by the program on the Milford Campus will be remodeled. Upon completion, new CNC equipment and a robotic cell will occupy the space. It is slated to be finished in time for the start of SCC’s Summer Quarter on July 10.

During the second phase, machine tool classes will be held at the Lincoln Campus. Students who live in residence halls on the Milford Campus will receive free transportation to and from the two campus sites.

Dr. Jack Huck, SCC president, said it was important for the college to remain on the leading edge of graduating students who possess the necessary skills to be successful in today’s resurging manufacturing labor force.

“Research indicates that despite the high unemployment rate nationwide, there are many jobs in the manufacturing sector,” Huck said. “The challenge that a lot of employers face is the fact that a lot of applicants simply lack the skills needed to do the job. We are proud of our reputation for graduating highly-skilled individuals. That’s why so many employers hire our students.”

SCC’s Precision Machining and Automation Technology program awards the Associate of Applied Science degree, a Diploma or a Certificate. Ninety percent of students who graduated during the 2011-2012 academic year found employment or continued their education.

About Derek Nester

Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. 6 radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on 69 radio stations across 9 Midwest states.