Two Whitewater High School students, Logan Henry and Devon Fleming, have successfully participated in the Walworth County High School CNC Boot Camp program, which is a partnership between the Walworth County Job Center and Gateway Technical College. After the 28-week Boot Camp portion was completed, Logan and Devon began a mentorship program at Basin Precision Machining in Whitewater. The pair, along with fellow WHS student Logan Robb, work daily shifts at Basin. The high school Boot Camp is modeled after the very successful adult CNC Boot Camp that runs in Racine. The high school students follow the same curriculum as the adults, however they receive 28 weeks to complete their training while the adults get 14 weeks. Students earn certificates for their training in safety, as well as for course completion. All the boot camps are a free training opportunity – zero cost to the student or their family! Boot Camp students learn more than just CNC operation skills. The boot camp is run as though it is a job, and students learn Workplace Excellence skills alongside their classroom education. These soft skills are transferable to any job they pursue. The High School CNC Boot Camp allows students to start a career in the field of manufacturing which offers high demand jobs and competitive pay. All Boot Camp students earn credits towards their high school graduation as well as 16 credits towards college. Currently, the boot camp students are completing their paid work experiences at Basin. The students benefit from the mentors, who help them sharpen their newly learned CNC skills in a real world setting while being paid. The company in turn benefits by gaining well trained CNC operators to fill valuable positions. Through the Boot Camp and their work experience at Basin, the students have learned basic machine controls, offsetting program procedures, loading and unloading parts, deburring, inspection techniques, cross training on assembly, general housekeeping, and how to work on a team. “The boot camp is a really great opportunity that students should take advantage of. Not only do you learn about CNC machining, but you also gain job skills and work ethic,” said Devon. Students entering their senior year who are interested in taking advantage of taking the 2017 High School CNC Boot Camp should contact their high school guidance counselor or the Walworth County Job Center for more information.