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12 Students Graduate from UAA at GCC in March

The Uniquely Abled Academy (UAA) at Glendale Community College (GCC) graduated 12 students on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 with a certificate of completion for the CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Machinist Program. (top photo)

Three of those students are also clients of Lanterman Regional Center - Dean Wood (bottom left photo), Isaac Serpas (bottom right photo) and Sean Kim.

The UAA at GCC is a 13-week program, with 240 hours of in-class instruction led by faculty members of the department of Machine Technology at Glendale Community College, plus 60 hours of focus on job readiness, soft skills, site visits and open laboratory. Students learned to program, setup and operate CNC machines combined with using quality control instruments, shop mathematics and blueprint reading. Graduates qualify for a number of entry-level positions, including machine trainee, machinist apprentice, CNC operator and CNC programmer.

Dean Wood shared the following when asked what he liked about the program, “great teachers and great experience.” He also said it was “very fun.” Dean is currently not looking for a job as he has decided to continue going to school and taking advanced courses.

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