Fabricators & Manufacturers Association offers training

Foundation also seeks scholarship applications

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA) Foundation announces that a new, one-year training course to prepare students for entry-level manufacturing employment is available for local high school students who will be seniors in the fall. Called the Certified Manufacturing Associate (CMA) program, the course is offered through the Career Education Associates of North Central Illinois (CEANCI).

Upon program completion, participants will receive both high school and college credit and have CMA certification to help further their manufacturing career.

The program begins in fall 2007 and is open to students at the public high schools in Winnebago, Boone and Ogle counties. This includes the five Rockford, Ill.-based public high schools, and Winnebago, Hononegah, Harlem, Belvidere, North Boone, South Beloit, Oregon, Byron and Meridian high schools.

To be considered for admission, students who have an interest in manufacturing must submit a Manufacturing Associate CEANCI Application and Rock Valley College test scores by March 15, and meet the following requirements:

Be a high school senior in 2007-2008 and possess a 2.0 or higher grade point average on a 4.0 scale

ACT score or meet Rock Valley Community College admission requirements (application/assessment testing)

Completed one year of algebra

The courses, split between a fall and spring session, will be held at Rock Valley Community College and Gleason Cutting Tools, each located in Rockford. Students will receive a total of 13 credits in these classes: CNC Machine Setup/Operation, Fundamentals of CNC Programming (Manual), Introductory CAD and Blueprint Reading, Manufacturing Processes I and Metrology I.

The program also offers summer internships with local manufacturers with a pay rate of $9/hr. To be considered for an internship, students must apply with a participating manufacturer.

Additional information about the CMA program is available through the counseling offices of participating high schools. Students should contact their high school counselor or CEANCI at 815-636-3060.

“The CMA program provides students with an invaluable opportunity to further their career in manufacturing,” said Terrence Egan, FMA Foundation director. “We encourage young students to apply and to consider manufacturing as a future career option.”

Students also are encouraged to apply for scholarships through the FMA Foundation. These scholarships are open to college or trade school-bound high school graduating seniors who seek careers in manufacturing. The application deadline is April 2.

College-bound students can apply for scholarships that range from $2,500 to $5,000 per year. Trade school scholarships are $2,000 per year.

For more information about the scholarships available, students should call (815) 381-1338 or visit http://www.fma-foundation.org/Scholarships.cfm.

FMA Foundation

The FMA Foundation is a charitable organization that offers grants to not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions introducing young people to metal-forming careers in manufacturing, provides funding to organizations starting or expanding manufacturing camps for youth, and issues scholarships to students at colleges and trade schools pursuing careers in manufacturing. More information on the foundation is available by visiting www.fma-foundation.org.


CEANCI is a regional, vocational delivery system in Illinois charged with the administration and coordination of vocational programs in the 14 Rock River Valley high schools in Boone, Winnebago and Ogle counties.

From the Feb. 28-March 6, 2007, issue

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