Our Programs

Our Machining Skills Credential Program and CNC Milling Operator Apprenticeship Program is designed to train students to earn credentials from National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS).

CNC Milling Operator Apprenticeship Program

Employment Outlook

Median Wage in Va – $22.68/hour, $47,180/year

Projected Growth in Va – +3% faster

than average

Virginia Job Forecast – 690 + jobs

Top Industry – Manufacturing

National averages provided by www.onetonline.org


The CNC Milling Operator Apprenticeship Program is designed to train students to earn credentials from National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS).

Onsite training is held at the state-of-the-art New Pathways Tech Machinist School on the Carver Center Complex in Rapidan.  The emphasis of all the courses is to produce precision machined parts using both manual and CNC (Computer Numeric Control) machining equipment and to train to earn additional NIMS credentials.

Students in the program will earn Industry recognized certifications:

  • GCC Certification of Completion
  • OSHA 10 Safety Certification
  • Up to Five National Institute Metalworking Skills (NIMS)

CNC Milling Operator Program of Study

OSHA 10 General Industry: $59

Manual Milling Skills 1: $2,400

Measurement, Materials and Safety: $900

CNC Milling Operations: $2,400

Job Planning, Bench work and Layout: $900

CNC Milling Programming, Setup & Operations: $2,400

Total classroom hours 144, plus 2000 hours on the job training

For more information, please contact Center for Workforce & Community Education at 540-937-2915.

*Tuition assistance may be available for individuals who meet the residency requirements, and enroll in, and successfully complete Fast Forward approved programs. Fast Forward programs are subject to change and availability of funds. Click here for financing options.

New Pathways Machining Skills Credential Program

Employment Outlook

Median Wage in Va – $22.68/hour, $47,180/year

Projected Growth in Va – +3% faster

than average

Virginia Job Forecast – 690 + jobs

Top Industry – Manufacturing

National averages provided by www.onetonline.org


NEW! Our New Pathways Machining Skills Credential Program is designed to train students to earn credentials from National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS).

Onsite training is held at the state-of-the-art New Pathways Tech Machinist School on the Carver Center Complex in Rapidan.  The emphasis of all the courses is to produce precision machined parts using both manual and CNC (Computer Numeric Control) machining equipment and to train to earn additional NIMS credentials.

Students in the program will earn Industry recognized certifications:

  • OSHA 10 Safety Certification
  • Ten National Institute Metalworking Skills (NIMS)

Machining Level I Courses

Machining Level I:
Measurement, Materials and Safety Tuition: $900

Machining Level I:
Planning, Bench Work and Layout Tuition: $900

Machining Level I:
Manual Milling Skills 1 Tuition: $2,400

Machining Level I:
CNC Mill Operations Tuition: $2,400

Machining Level I:
CNC Lathe Operations Tuition: $2,400

Machining Level I:
CNC Drill Press Skills Tuition: $1,200

Machining Level I:
Turning Operations: Chucking Tuition: $2,400

Machining Level I:
Turning Operations: Turning Between Centers Tuition: $2,400

Machining Level I:
CNC Milling Programming, Setup & Operations Tuition: $2,400

Machining Level I:
CNC Lathe Programming, Setup & Operation Tuition: $2,400

For more information, please contact Center for Workforce & Community Education at 540-937-2915.

*Tuition assistance may be available for individuals who meet the residency requirements, and enroll in, and successfully complete Fast Forward approved programs. Fast Forward programs are subject to change and availability of funds. Click here for financing options.

The Need is There

A recent study by Deloitte Management Consulting states that by 2025, 2 million manufacturing positions in the U.S. will go unfilled. It is due to a mismatch between employee skills and changing workplace needs.