test driveReading and hearing about new career opportunities is helpful. But what if you actually could try them out? Moraine Park Technical College is offering a unique opportunity to do just that with its “Test Drive” event and information session for welding and computerized numerical control (CNC) machining.

The “Test Drive” will be offered on Tuesday, July 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam campus and will include a free, hands-on workshop for welding.

Moraine Park Skills Academy boot camps are expedited programs, offered for free, that allow individuals the opportunity to learn a skilled trade. They were created to help address a need in the manufacturing industry for skilled workers. This event will offer an insight into these respective careers, a chance to meet potential employers, and provide valuable, hands-on opportunities to try out the welding career area.

Participants who attend the “Test Drive” will also be able to learn about Moraine Park’s short-term training boot camp opportunities. These boot camps offer a unique training opportunity by providing individuals entry-level skills as well as job experience from these 13- to 15-week sessions. CNC machining and welding boot camps begin in early September 2018, with applications currently being accepted.

“Past participants have really appreciated these short, intensive “Test Drive” opportunities,” said JoAnn Hall, dean of economic and workforce development at Moraine Park. “They offer a real-world glimpse into these career paths and allow individuals the opportunity to see if it will be a good fit.”

Moraine Park’s Skills Academy boot camps are free to participating students, thanks to grant dollars from Wisconsin Fast Forward and financial support from area businesses including Amerequip, Apache Stainless, Elkay Interior Systems, Fives, Integrity Saw & Tool, Inc., John Deere Horicon Works, John Crane, Mayville Engineering Company, Midstates Aluminum Corporation, Signicast, SJI/Busse, and Wabash National.  Individuals interested in applying for the program are required to pay the $30 program registration fee.

Space is limited for the “Test Drive” event, and pre-registration is required.

For more details or to register, visit morainepark.edu/bootcamp, or call Todd Hayes at 920-924-3334.