Alcoa Foundation grant funds new WVC machining operator certificate beginning spring 2023

April 3, 2023

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Libby Siebens, community relations executive director, 509-682-6436 (Mon.-Thurs.)
Yuritzi Lozano, dean of allied health and professional technical programs, 509-682-6614

Wenatchee Valley College developed a new Machine Operator Certificate which will begin spring 2023. The new certificate was developed with $20,000 in grant funding from the Alcoa Foundation awarded to the Wenatchee Valley College Foundation.

The new short certificate is designed as a bridge to high-demand certificates and degrees at WVC, such as aerospace electronics, network administration, machining, or welding. Grant funds will be used for training instructors teaching certificate courses.

The 10-credit short certificate covers safe operations of machine tools, precision measurement, benchwork skills, and operating band saws and drill press. In addition, students will learn about hazardous material awareness and safety procedures in industrial facilities such as mills, smelters, power plants and packing facilities. They will have the opportunity to earn first aid, CPR, forklift, OSHA-10, Hazmat and flagger certifications.

“The support from the Alcoa Foundation helps provide training and funding to enhance the pathway for the Machine Operator Certificate,” said Yuritzi Lozano, dean of allied health and professional technical programs. “The students who engage in this certificate will have the opportunity to bridge coursework for longer term certificates and degrees at WVC.”

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