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Cohorts for the Uniquely Abled Academy at Crawford Tech in Meadville, PA are now forming to begin in September 2024. A special open house is scheduled for June 20, 2024 from 4:00pm-6:00pm for individuals and families to learn more about the program.

The Uniquely Abled Academy (UAA) is ideal for neurodivergent young adults, and others who would benefit from the extra support the program provides. The UAA team will help you determine if it’s the right fit for you and will be a resource throughout your training. Working in manufacturing, including as an operator of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) equipment, requires a high degree of focused attention to detail and following clear instructions and processes. CNC equipment is used to shape and cut materials as part of the manufacturing process. The manufacturing industry currently is in short supply of CNC operators, and you can be part of a vital talent pipeline!

Individuals who are a good fit for the UAA program include those who:

• like working with my hands and making things
• are able to visualize and think in three dimensions
• can work in an industrial setting
• can use basic math and measuring skills (but may need a refresher)
• able to work independently to solve problems.
• would benefit from a learning environment that helps with teamwork, social interactions and building friendships, dealing with difficult situations, writing resumes and job interviews, and transitioning to the workplace.

UAA is a 23-week program of in-class instruction by precision machining instructors at Crawford Tech, along with a focus on job readiness skills, facility tours, and job shadows. Students will learn the basics of operating CNC machines, combined with using quality control instruments, shop mathematics, and blueprint reading. Graduates will qualify for entry level positions in manufacturing. Trainees must be at least 18 years’ old (or will be by completion of UAA program).

Reach out to Tara Lawrence for more information or to RSVP for the Open House at:  tlawrence@nwirc.org.