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Belcher first Kishwaukee College CPT program grad

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

Paul Belcher of DeKalb is the first student to complete Kishwaukee College’s new Certified Production Technician program.

Belcher passed all four Manufacturing Skills Standards Council exams and internship experience to receive the CPT full certification. The CPT certification is part of the Department of Labor/Illinois Network Advanced Manufacturing grant that provides training and industry-recognized certifications for manufacturing. Belcher will graduate from Kishwaukee College in May with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Automated Engineering Technology.  

Belcher was already a student in the AET program when Bryan Redington, manufacturing coordinator at Kishwaukee College, spoke in one of his classes about the new CPT program. Belcher was interested.

“I plan eventually to go into design and engineering so I saw this as another opportunity to stand out when I look for a position,” Belcher said in a news release. He enrolled in the MSSC core classes offered at Kishwaukee College in fall 2013 and completed them, fully prepared to test in all four areas: Safety, Quality Practices and Measurement, Manufacturing Processes and Production, and Maintenance Awareness.

Kish College was certified as an MSSC test site in late fall. Belcher took all four exams during the college’s regular finals week in mid-December on campus. 

The final requirement is an internship. Belcher has been interning with Ideal Industries in Sycamore. His duties as an intern utilize the skills, training and education that he received in completing his CPT program and AET coursework. He works in the Solidworks design program and has created fixtures using a 3-D Printer. He reports to an engineer at the plant.

Bryan Redington works with local industry to coordinate the CPT students’ internships. 

“The CPT students have gone through extensive training,” he said in the release. “Local industries that participate in our internship program get quality employees who have the newest skill set. It is a win-win – the student gets experience and the company gets a great employee!”  

For more information on Automated Engineering Technology or the CPT program, contact Bryan Redington at 815-825-2086, ext. 2031, or at bryan.redington@kishwaukeecollege.edu.

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