Immigrant Students Find Success in Machine Tool Technology

Posted: March 27, 2014

Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) celebrated the graduation March 20 of 14 students from the Machine Tool Technology/CNC with Vocational ESL Career Pathways Certificate program. The event was held at the Council Chambers Building in the Gresham Civic Center.

Debbie Derr, MHCC president, delivered the opening remarks, followed by keynote speaker Diane McKeel, Multnomah County Commissioner, and Phil Nemeth, tool & die manager for Leatherman Tool Group.

The graduating class is comprised of 13 men and one woman from six countries: Cambodia, Cuba, Laos, Philippines, Ukraine and Vietnam. Students learned manual machining – mill and lathe – as well as CNC (computer numerical control) machining – and experienced a 100 percent graduation rate.

"From last year's class, outcomes in terms of employment are excellent," notes Steven Storla, Career Pathways coordinator at MHCC. Seventy-five percent found jobs with an average wage of more than $13 per hour.

The Machine Tool Technology/CNC with VESL (Vocational English as a Second Language) Career Pathways Certificate program provides technical training leading to employment as machine tool and CNC operators for immigrants who are non-native speakers of English.

Immigrant Students Find Success in Machine Tool TechnologyGraduation Photos
Photos of the graduation are available on Facebook.

Register Now for Fall Term
The Integrated Metals department at MHCC also offers certificate and degree programs for mainstream students in the areas of machine tool technology, CNC/CAD/CAM and welding technology. Applications for fall term are now being accepted at

For more information about Vocational ESL programs at MHCC, contact Angelique Kauffman-Rodriguez, Career Pathways Specialist,, 503-660-1444.

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