Americans with disabilities tend to have a high rate of unemployment and/or underemployment. San Bernardino Valley College, (SBVC) and the Uniquely Abled Project are working to change those rates by putting together a pilot program providing Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machinist training to individuals with autism.
The first set of eight students will receive on-campus instruction and hands-on work experience with machinist technology of SBVC, and then the San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board later providing job placement.
“We are committed to equity in education and ensuring all students have access to educational opportunities at SBVC that will improve their quality of life,” SBVC Foundation Interim Director Mike Layne said.
The California Department of Rehabilitation will provide participant referrals to SBVC, and before starting the Uniquely Abled Academy Program, students will go through a screening process to ensure this is the right fit for them. Layne said “the hope is to have a second, larger cohort start in 2022, and because of the key partnerships with the Department of Rehabilitation, Goodwill, and San Bernardino County Workforce Development, SBVC should be able to successfully launch, grow, and sustain the project in future years.”
To learn more, go to https://www.valleycollege.edu