Greensboro, NC -- Thanks to a program at Guilford Technical Community College, several local students are optimistic about finding work.
In April, News 2 brought you a story about a machinist jobs class where students get trained, introduced to potential employers, and hopefully end up with jobs.
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These are jobs that once went overseas but are now staying home. The training is free, the classes don't take too long, and the jobs are plenty.
The most recent class ended Monday and by Friday, four of the 13 students have jobs and the rest are on their way to full-time employment.
"We are in the infancy stage where they're doing interviews, second interviews, with potential companies, once that gets through, hopefully it will happen and just blossom and students will really go for it even more," said Derek Seeke, Computer Integrated Machining Department Chair at GTCC.
In a matter of 17 weeks, the students learn how to program computers to do work your hands normally would do. They're called machinists and they're critical to creating metal components for machinery like construction equipment or airplanes.
Devarian O'Neal was unemployed with no options when he heard about the class. Now, he's enrolled and confident he will soon have a job. "Before I got into this program, I didn't know what I was going to do. I was sitting at home twiddling my thumbs, saying I'll go fill out an application here, or fill out an application there and hopefully they will call me. Well, once I got into this program and I saw the demand they placed on the applicants to actually enter the program, that worry completely went away. I know for a fact when I finish I'm going to have a job," said O'Neal.
Devarian's program ends in February.
GTCC and JobLink are currently accepting applications for a January class.
Saturday, November 3, GTCC is holding an open house for prospective students. For more information, click here.
WFMY News 2