Ten area manufacturing associates have earned national credentials through the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). In addition they earned a CNC Operator (metalworking skills) certificate through Tri-County Technical College’s Corporate and Community Education Division, along with24 hours of continuing education units (CEUs). Individuals were chosen by their employers to participate in the 48-week class held at the Oconee QuickJobs Center. The students cited earning a national credential, gaining transferable skills, and raising skills levels as reasons they committed to the class which was funded by the Make It in America grant. The machinery they trained on in the lab was funded through grants provided by Duke Energy and U. S. Engine Valve.