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Disneyland Resort and Fullerton College launch machinist-training program

The certification will provide experience in the machinist industry.

by karly barkerPublished: August 04, 2011 07:00 AM

Fullerton College and Disneyland Resort are teaming up to create a machinist-training program in which students will receive classroom instruction, as well as hands on experience, in the machinist industry. A total of six students were selected as the inaugural class, four of whom are Disneyland Resort “cast members” (employees). Graduates of the program will receive a journeyman card, which is a certification to perform technical work at an advanced level. Upon completion of the training, all of the participants will be eligible for full-time positions at the Disneyland Resort. 

“This collaboration helps to develop the talents and potential of our cast members,” said Rich Langhorst, vice president of facilities and operations services at the Disneyland Resort. “The hands-on learning environment supported by the Disneyland Resort and Fullerton College is a great way to further develop the skills of the craft workers in our local-communities."

The training is supported by the International Association of Machinists District Lodge 947 and consists of credit courses on Fullerton College’s campus. These credits include training in subjects such as blueprint reading and automotive fundamentals, among others.

“Community colleges are uniquely designed to respond to the needs of our local workforce through practical-based coursework,” said Dan O’Brien, Fullerton College machining instructor. “The students are dedicated to improving their skills and gaining real-world experience, which is a huge advantage in this competitive job market.”

Students can also participate in a paid hands-on training program three days a week at the Disneyland Resort. This training includes overhaul and manufacturing facilities, attraction maintenance and transportation services.

“One of the primary missions of the California community college system is to advance the state’s economic growth and global competitiveness through education, training and services that contribute to continuous workforce improvement,” said Dr. Rajen Vurdien, Fullerton College president. “Our partnership with Disney allows us to provide real world experience and training that will benefit Orange County.”

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