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Machinist students working in desired professions while in college

Machinist students working in desired professions while in college

Tue Mar 5, 2013

machinist students

Jorge Davila and Christian Nieto are no strangers to hard work. 

These two students graduated from high school in June 2012. While many high school graduates are in the midst of working toward their degrees or certifications for their livelihood, Davila and Nieto have already become employed and working in their desired professions.

Davila is currently a Brazosport College student earning an Advanced Machining certificate. This goal is expected to become reality at the conclusion of the spring 2013 semester. As for Nieto, he will be receiving his Basic Millwright Certificate. 

However, neither of the young men has to wait to reap the benefits of certification, as both have recently been employed — Davila as a machinist apprentice and Nieto is a millwright apprentice at RPM Services.  

Davila began as a dual enrollment student at Brazoswood High School, and Nieto at Brazosport High School. Both were able to have their high school credits accepted at Brazosport College through an agreement between the college and Brazosport ISD.  The dual credit agreement allows high school students to earn college credits, which enable the student to get a jumpstart on their career training.  

Jim Slick, Associate Professor of Machine Technology at Brazosport College, is the program director of Millwright and Machining at the College and has been instrumental in placing millwright certification completers in jobs with local industry. Slick has worked to create a job placement program with RPM Services.    

“Jorge (Davila) is an excellent student and I understand he’s a very hard worker,” Slick said. “I’m excited about the fact that we were able to place him in a job before he even graduated. That says a lot about our training program, as well as the benefit of the dual credit programs.”

Traditionally, many think of dual credit programs as relating to the core academic classes. However, depending upon the school district and the dual credit agreement, dual courses may include the areas of welding, business, computer information systems, early childhood education, drafting, auto service, construction management and millwright/machinist. Courses apply toward degrees and certificates at Brazosport College. Brazosport College has dual agreements with most local school districts. For more information, call (979) 230-3364.