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First Women’s Machining Class at FRCC

In Colorado there is a critical shortage of skilled machinists and local companies look to Front Range Community College to fill this need. While this industry has historically been predominately male, companies strive to hire more women, particularly if they have excellent problem-solving skills, are strong multi-taskers, enjoy working with their hands and have training. If you enjoy tinkering, thinking creatively, fixing things, or creating something…this is the place for you.

Women Train Together in a Supportive Environment

For the first time, FRCC is offering this unique machining course as an opportunity for women to train together in a supportive environment for a career where creativity and innovation are key. In this training, students will learn the basics of blueprint reading, shop safety, hand and cutting tools, and manual mill and lathe operation. Students can take these skills and begin working in a machine shop immediately. Our students are employed in companies that create products for sporting equipment, aerospace, medical supplies, automotive and more. Machinists have immense opportunity for career progression, moving from machine operator to programmer—even becoming a shop owner.

Mentoring & Personalized Employment Placement

During their time here, students will work one-on-one with the program navigator to develop a strong resume and will receive personalized employment placement. Upon completion of the course, interested students will be matched with a female mentor that that can offer guidance and support during the initial steps into her machining career.

Flexible Career for Families

Opportunities in the industry exist for flexible schedules, giving women more quality time with their families. Companies offer excellent pay with entry level positions starting at $31k -$43k a year and experienced positions at $60,000+.

Take it from one of our female students: “In taking these classes, I’ve not only proven to others but also to myself that as a single parent, I can do anything. I believe nothing is more rewarding than using (these) skills for a successful and enjoyable career. This career path is not only flexible for my own family but is also a safety net, because the knowledge I have is so in demand.”

Women can do anything! What do you want to do with your future? Set up a one-on-one meeting and tell me, Jennifer Fyhrie (303) 678-3791 or Jennifer.fyhrie@frontrange.edu.

Intro to Machining Course Details

Schedule: January 11th to March 16th
Monday and Wednesday 6-9pm, Saturday 8am-Noon

Location: Advanced Technology Center
Front Range Community College
2120 Miller Dr. Longmont, CO 80501

Cost: $2,095 (Scholarships available)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jennifer Fyhrie works with the Machining program at FRCC. In addition to helping students find success, she enjoys hiking with her dog, photography, and live music. On most days you can find her in the hallways of the school’s machine shop joking with students.