EDISON, NJ - Brandon Leung and Jim Olsson of Edison were among the 13 participants that recently completed a 288-hour fabricated metal product-training program at Middlesex County College.

In addition to a certificate of completion, each graduate also earned certification by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills.

The program, funded by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, teaches students machine shop safety; print reading; measurement and inspection techniques; lathe, milling, grinding, sawing and drilling operations; introduction to welding; tool geometry and sharpening; and computer numerical control operations.

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The participants also receive individual attention in employment skills such as resume writing, interviewing techniques and workplace communication.

In partnership with the New Jersey Council of County Colleges, students are assigned a job developer to assist them with finding employment.

In the three years of this statewide program, 90 percent of the graduates have found jobs.