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Kishwaukee College student Paul Belcher, DeKalb, is the first graduate of the new Certified Production Technician (CPT) program. Belcher passed all four Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC ) 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. Pictured is Paul Belcher with Bryan Redington, Manufacturing Coordinator at Kishwaukee College.

Belcher first KC CPT program grad

Friday, January 24, 2014

Paul Belcher, DeKalb, is the first student to complete Kishwaukee College’s new Certified Production Technician (CPT) program. Belcher passed all four Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC ) 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 (AET).

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. He said, “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 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.

Kishwaukee 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. “They give you 90 minutes to take each test,” he explained. “It is plenty of time to complete each test.” The tests are administered on a computer.

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. He has had a great experience at IDEAL.

Bryan Redington works with local industry to coordinate the Kishwaukee College CPT students’ internships. “The CPT students have gone through extensive training,” he said. “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!”

As his graduation from Kishwaukee College draws, Paul Belcher has begun his job search. He is not anticipating any issues to finding a great job in his field. He is a member of the Honors Program at Kishwaukee College as well as a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. With his degree in AET, certification as a CPT and excellent grades, he will certainly be a solid candidate for any position to which he applies.

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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