Johnston Community College Touts Manufacturing Program

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Dwight Barnes, who teaches computer-integrated machining at Johnston Community College, has a bold prediction for the program’s graduates.

“Every one of our students will have a job when they graduate,” he says. “We get calls from companies every week asking to interview our students.”

Barnes was one of several JCC staffers talking with potential students during an open house last week for the college’s advanced manufacturing programs. The event include a tour of the shop floor and a look at some of the college’s new machinery.

Manufacturing is growing across the country, but companies are struggling to find qualified workers, Barnes said. New manufacturing processes require more-skilled workers who can operate machinery run mostly by computers. Because of the skill need, jobs that used to go to unskilled workers in Third World countries are coming back to the United States, Barnes said.

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