By TRAVIS CRUM
Williamson Daily News
WILLIAMSON, W.Va. — Students will soon have the opportunity to earn a two-year associate’s degree in machinist technology, thanks to more than $250,000 in equipment donated to Southern Community and Technical College.
The Robert C. Byrd Institute’s Appalachian Hatchery program began to install state-of-the-art equipment at the college’s Williamson campus this month. The equipment will be used to train students and give them certification credits on the road to their degrees, said Derek Scarbro, director of Appalachian Hatchery.
The equipment, called CNC machines, use computer programs to make various parts, such as pieces for an engine. The machines take a solid block of metal and mills it down to create the necessary parts. Students will be trained to use both the computer software and the machines, Scarbo said.
The goal of the program will also be to strengthen the economy because there are a lot of machinist jobs open right now, said Mike Friel, spokesman for the institute.
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