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For Release: March 16, 2000

Pamelia Caswell
Media Relations Office
(216) 433-5795

Year 2 for NASA Glenn Preapprentice Training Program

Some fifteen qualified applicants will learn machining skills from NASA Glenn Research Center's master machinist. Glenn's successful preapprentice program is set to begin its second 32-week training course that helps develop skills needed by individuals seeking careers and local industry seeking skilled workers.

Glenn's partner for the program, the West Side Industrial Retention and Expansion Network, or WIRE-Net, is now taking applications for the training. Orientation will be on May 3, and classes will begin on May 8 and end on December 15. Training will be from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for the duration of the program.

Approximately one-third of the training will be classroom sessions on mathematics, shop theory, blueprint reading and life skills. The rest will be on the shop floor as hands-on training to acquire the skills in bench work, lathe and milling operations, surface grinding and drill press.

For the students, who must be from economically disadvantaged groups, there is no cost for this training. During the last 20 weeks of the program, the students will receive a stipend of $6 per hour. All applicants will be screened and must meet requirements for working on a secure federal facility.

"The preapprentice machining program will provide the training to help students qualify for the NIMS [National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Inc.], level I skill standard," said Peter Murray, deputy chief of the Manufacturing and Engineering Division at Glenn. To graduate, students must earn NIMS credentials in three of the seven subject areas for level I: (1) safety, (2) job layout and planning, and (3) bench work. However, students may earn all seven NIMS level I credentials during the program.

Graduates of this program will have completed the first steps to becoming a machine operator, a precision machinist, or a tool and die maker. Through the job placement efforts of this program, graduates may begin careers as employees in the machine trades with local industry. Some graduates may be selected to begin a four-year apprenticeship in the machine trades, while others may begin their careers without continuing their formal training.

For more information on this program, interested persons should contact Dave Cerutti of WIRE-Net at (216)631-7330, extension 102. The contact at NASA Glenn is Rick Reames at (216)433-2993.



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