July 8th, three of our Manufacturing Connect members started interning at World’s Finest Chocolates. The company prides itself on providing the easiest fundraising program in the shortest amount of time leading the fundraising industry with premium chocolate products and programs. Our Manufacturing Connect members will work in a variety of positions over the next few months, learning how World’s Finest Chocolate products are manufactured, packed, and shipped before going to back to school in the fall.

Pictured at their orientation (from bottom left, clockwise) are Shamika (Austin College & Career Academy – Class of 2020), Ari (World’s Finest Chocolates employee ), Richard (Austin College & Career Academy – Class of 2020), and Cherakee (Bowen High School – Class of 2019).

Rising senior from Austin College & Career Academy, James Nnabuihe, was invited to work at DFMToolWorks this summer.

James is cutting stock for DFM's small squares in this video. He has helped design and machine the foam packaging for the small carpenters quare on the Shapeoko using Fusion360 and completing several modules created by @titansofcnc as well in a few weeks time.

DFMToolWorks hopes to have James continue his education on nights and weekends in the Fall and eventually operate the Haas CNC that makes most of their tools.

We couldn't be happier for James as this opportunity highlights our belief that a career in manufacturing is more than producing a product for the marketplace. It involves creativity, team work and innovation. Way to go James. Way to go DFMToolWorks!

As many of our supporters and friends know, one of the most important elements of the Manufacturing Connect program is that our participants at Austin College & Career Academy earn industry credentials from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). The NIMS credential is the culmination of their machining training curriculum.

July 13, 2019 marked the last day of NIMS testing. 13 Seniors and 16 Juniors – a total of 29 participants – passed their exam, which includes Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Turning Operator and Measurement, Material and Safety (MMS). Some Juniors have already earned both the CNC Turning and MMS certification. This sets them up to earn a third NIMS certification during their senior year.

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