The College of the Canyons Fast Track Institute has added yet another company to their growing list of ongoing partnerships with local firms looking to fulfill their employment needs.
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This week, Fast Track graduate Morgan Kennedy was hired by The Spaceship Company / Virgin Galactic, a Southern California aerospace manufacturing and technology company, just three and a half weeks after completing the college’s Fast Track CNC Machining program.
“The Fast Track Institute provides two key services,” said Pete Bellas, dean of economic development at the college. “We help our students land well-paying jobs, and we help local companies identify the type of well-trained, highly-skilled employees they’re looking to hire.”
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The Spaceship Company (TSC) has established an operational goal to build the world’s first fleet of commercial sub-orbital spaceships and carrier aircraft — thus making access to space safe, reliable and affordable. In 2012, Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline and sister company to TSC, fully acquired the firm, bringing commercial space travel one step closer to realization.
In June, the college also established a working relationship with world-renowned space exploration and technology firm SpaceX, when the company participated in the Fast Track Institute’s post-graduation focused job fair and interview process.
SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft, with a goal to revolutionize space technology and eventually enable people to live on other planets. SpaceX generated international headlines by becoming the first privately held company to make a cargo delivery to the International Space Station, and return safely to Earth, when its Dragon spacecraft achieved that feat on May 25, 2012.
After the job fair event, SpaceX representatives extended an invitation to have the class visit its Hawthorne, CA headquarters for a private tour and series of follow-up job interviews.
Building on that success, in the last year alone graduates of the Fast Track Institute’s CNC Machining program have interviewed with and/or been hired by firms including: The Spaceship Company / Virgin Galactic, SpaceX, ITT Aerospace, M.S. Aerospace, Aerospace Dynamics International (ADI), True Position Technologies, Fralock, and UKAM Industrial Superhard Tools.
“As evidenced by high placement and retention rates, both the Fast Track CNC Machining and Fast Track Assembly programs have consistently demonstrated that they deliver well-trained entry-level technicians to the region’s manufacturing companies,” said Joe Klocko, director of the college’s Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT). “If your company is seeking to hire these hard to find technicians, you need to connect with the College of the Canyons Fast Track Institute.”
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Source: Santa Clarita News