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Redefining your capabilities
for a career in advanced technologies.

The Verdugo CNC Machinist Academy at Glendale Community College provides hands-on training for adults (18 and over) in the high demand job of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machinist. The Academy is designed to train adults with disabilities who want to enter the manufacturing industry. Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders are encouraged to apply!


The Verdugo CNC Machinist Academy builds upon the talents and skills of individuals interested in computers and technology, and builds their skills so they can fill the job openings that are currently available. 


Your Skills Are in Demand.
Learn How to Start Your Career as a CNC Machinist

What's a CNC Machinist?

A CNC machinist works with computer numeric controlled (CNC) heavy machinery from setup to operation to produce parts and tools from metal, plastic or other materials. CNC equipment is machinery that cuts, grinds, or drills into the material. Almost every product and its part you see around you is manufactured with a CNC machine.

Operating CNC machines requires:

  • Attention to detail

  • Comfort with repetitive processes

  • Ability to follow clear, objective instruction

  • Excellent computer skills

Why this job?

Two reasons:

  1. There is a huge shortage in the manufacturing industry today for qualified CNC machinists and the need in projected to grow. That means there are jobs out there that employers need to fill but can't find trained, experienced workers.

  2. The strengths and skills required to be a successful CNC machinist are well-suited to the strengths and skills that people with disabilities have, especially those with high-functioning autism.

The Academy is preparing and training our graduates to get 
well-paying jobs that are available now and will be in demand in the future.

Want more Information?

Click below for details on the program and how to participate:

About the Program


The Academy combines in-class learning with hands-on work experience. This combination helps you take the knowledge and skills from the classroom to the job site with confidence.

Some information about the program:


  • A 16-Week Program

  • Led by a faculty member of the department of Machine Technology at GCC

  • Hands-on training in small teams

  • Tutoring and support through the Academy

  • Work Readiness to write your resume and prepare for job interviews

  • Visits to hiring employers and preparation to be successful in manufacturing jobs

  • Paid Internships

  • On-the-Job Training for graduates

  • Job Placement


What You Will Learn

Students will learn to program, setup, and operate CNC machines combined with using quality control instruments, shop mathematics, and blueprint reading.

Jobs You Will Be Qualified For After Graduation


Graduates will qualify for a number of entry-level positions including

  • Machine trainee

  • Machinist apprentice

  • CNC operator

  • CNC programmer

Find out about Who the Program is For

Who is the Program For


Wondering if this program is right for you?  


The only requirement is that you are 18 years and older 

Otherwise, ask yourself these questions:

  • Are you looking for a job that you can be successful?

  • Do you want to start a career in an industry that has job openings now?

  • Could you use some help with resume writing, job interviewing, and applications?

If you answered YES to any of those questions, then this class is for you!

A common question asked is: What will I need to do to complete assignments in the class?

Great question! You will need to be able to:

  1. Listen and follow instructions

  2. Read and understand information

  3. Write or type assignments

  4. Come to class and be on time

  5. And most importantly: let the teacher know when you need help!

What are the upcoming Important Dates?

Important Dates


SAVE THE DATE - March 18, 2020 Cohort 5 Completion Celebration 

An orientation for prospective students and tour of the machine shop will immediately follow the celebration. 

How to Register


If you are interested in registering for the program, please follow the steps below:

Contact Tina Hartyon at the Verdugo Jobs Center to set up an appointment to complete the CNC Machinist registration packet. She will help you complete the paperwork and walk you through the process. Tina will be with you all the way through to make sure you are successful!

Even if you are not sure if the Academy is the right choice for you, but you want more information, contact Tina to find out more about the program.


Contact Information


For more information on the program, please send a note using the form below or reach out to the Verdugo CNC Machinist Academy @ GCC contact:


Tina Hartyon

Verdugo Jobs Center

1255 S Central Ave, Glendale, CA 91204
Telephone: 818.937.8080


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Service Providers


The Verdugo CNC Machinist Academy at Glendale Community College is a collaboration between machine technology educators, specialists in education for those with disabilities, representatives from state and local social service agencies, and non-profit organizations to provide a comprehensive approach towards career success for our students.

The dedication of this group of service providers allows the students to benefit from a holistic approach to preparing, training, and ultimately being placed into gainful employment.

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