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High school students who will be seniors this fall are encouraged to pursue careers in CNC (computer numerical control) can by getting a head start this summer.

Applications must be received by June 6, 2014.

The Racine Workforce Development Center is accepting applications from students going into their senior year – and who are also 17 – for a year-long CNC boot camp that runs from July 14, 2014 to June 12, 2015. A grant from SC Johnson pays for the summer session and classroom work, and participating companies pay for the internships.

During the summer session, the SC Johnson iMet Center in Sturtevant will host participants from 7:30 to 11:45 a.m. Come fall, students attend classes and then move into internships.

“This unique program gives high school seniors an opportunity to earn cash and college credits, gain work experience, and obtain skills to prepare them for a career in manufacturing,” a press release from County Executive Jim Ladwig reads.

This will be the second year of the program. During its inaugural year, eight local companies served as mentors and host sites for students. Bob Sheppard, plant superintendent with Pioneer Products, is fully behind the youth boot camp.

“The Youth CNC Boot Camp is a program that I and other manufacturers have been asking to have started for some time,” he is quoted in the release. “Copying the program after the adult Boot Camp was a great decision and helps industry understand how they were trained and what they were trained in.”

Applications must be received by June 6, 2014. Students interested in participating can fill out an application at all Racine County high schools, the Racine County Workforce Development Centers, 1717 Taylor Avenue, or 496 McCanna Parkway, Room 119, Burlington, and online at