M2K Success Stories
Having attended Pittsburgh Brashear High School, Tyler was able to gain experience in a machine shop similar to New Century Careers during his secondary education experience. He heard about NCC from his machine operations teacher, and decided to enroll in M2K and further pursue a career in the manufacturing industry.
Upon completing the M2K program Tyler began working full time at W.W. Patterson.
During his time as a trainee, Tyler earned five National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credentials, completed twelve NIMS projects, and gained sixty-eight metalworking skills. The aspect of his training that he found to be most rewarding was having a variety of machines to use and learn on, along with getting experience on the CNC machines. Additionally, he felt that M2K prepared him for the workforce by building his confidence in his ability to make any part.
Talk about a career change! Jamie decided after 10 years working in child care that she needed a career with growth potential, family wages and hopefully benefits, too, to raise her children. She learned college wasn’t for her after changing her major three times.
While exploring options, a community college career counselor introduced her to New Century Careers. A tour of the NCC training center convinced her to apply and enroll in machinist training. “I didn’t even know exactly what machining was but I liked the technical aspects and enjoyed working with my hands,” Jamie said. After four months of training, 38-year-old Jamie was ready for her first job in manufacturing.
New Century Careers staff assisted her with her resume to apply at Aerotech, Inc. in O’Hara Township. After on-the-job training, she now is a CNC operator. She emphasizes that “NCC gave me the basics. At NCC, I had already worked on a manual mill and had some CNC exposure. My current job requires focus and I enjoy it, which makes the days go faster.”
She encourages women to seriously consider the field. Jamie says, “In my previous job, I had little money, no advancement potential and no 401K. I have all that now at Aerotech.” She adds, “Plus the job is a good fit for someone like me. I am not big and strong but I’m good at math and working with my hands.” Also Jamie believes women bring a different perspective to the workplace.
“My training at New Century Careers offered opportunities I wouldn’t have had otherwise. It changed my family’s lives forever.”
Dominick Rucker’s story is a prime example of the New Century Careers pathway to a promising career in the ever-evolving manufacturing industry.
Dominick was introduced to NCC as a participant in the BotsIQ program at Chartiers Valley High School. Following graduation he completed a semester at Community College of Allegheny County but preferred working with his hands as he did during Bots IQ.
Dominick enrolled in NCC’s Manufacturing 2000 and never looked back! Upon completion of the program he was hired as a machinist at Santucci Process Development, Inc. in McKees Rocks, where he started his apprenticeship. Two years later, he moved to CP Industries in McKeesport where he is currently a maintenance machinist working in the metallurgical heat treatment area.
His new employer established a Group Sponsored Apprenticeship Program with NCC so that he could continue his apprenticeship. CP Industries was very engaged and, though not required, even credited Dominick with the 4,000 hours of on-the-job training from his previous employer. He aims to earn his journeyman papers and possibly explore drafting and engineering in the future.
Dominick encourages anyone who is seeking a solid career opportunity to contact New Century Careers!