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Students Preparing for Diverse Career Pathways

Students in the Industrial Technology (IMT) and Engineering Technology (ENG) programs at the CFI are preparing for a multitude of career pathways that lead to higher-wages and in-demand careers.  Students are receiving training in computer assisted drafting, robotic systems, electrical systems, motor controls, programmable logic controls, 3D print design and manufacturing, welding processes such as Mig, Tig, and Stik fabrication, as well as construction in the areas of carpentry, plumbing, and air conditioning.

“We are so very pleased to offer this diverse training for our students.  Our program is accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and thus students who successfully complete the program and meet established standards are eligible to earn NCCER certification as an electrical technician.  Moreover, we offer students advanced training to prepare students for careers in construction and manufacturing,” remarked Gary Karr, Instructor of Industrial Maintenance Technology.

Students in the Engineering Technology program are provided training in principals of engineering, learning the fundamentals of design thinking and the ability to solve problems with the utilization of match, science and technology.  Current career pathways for students are electrical engineering and aerospace engineering.   Additionally, students can earn certification in computer assisted drafting (CAD).  ENG instructor Chandra Lawson remarked that “students really enjoy having their CAD designs produced in the lab through the utilization of 3D additive manufacturing.”

“The programs offer students the opportunity to collaborate on joint projects.  Students are provided with skills that are required in real-world industry, including being part of a cooperative team, workplace communication, project development, and project management.  We are already placing our students in local jobs related to their career pathway goals.  Our students are being recruited by business and industry-hiring managers” remarked James Davis, CFI Principal.  Both programs offer students the opportunity to earn college credit and career certifications. 

For more information about the CFI programs of study please contact the high school counselor of contact the CFI directly via phone at 862-5580 and obtain a referral to the program faculty.  Also, please click and view the CFI Showcase video on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Pu65h6j2ss

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