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Blue Ridge Offers 'Cutting Edge' Opportunities


July 23, 2018

Courtesy photo by Edward Maglott

Blue Ridge Community College machining instructors Tim Creasman (left) and Kevin Spradlin in the Transylvania Campus Machining Lab. Evening machining classes are offered this fall.

Well-paying jobs in the area are waiting for trained employees to fill them. Blue Ridge Community college offers a computer integrated machining program to train students as machining technicians for jobs in the local high-tech manufacturing industry.

Machining is a good field to enter because right now there is a skills gap, meaning there are more open positions than employers can find trained workers to fill them.

Industry analysts Deloitte report that, "Over the next decade, nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs likely need to be filled, and the skills gap is expected to result in 2...

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