San Antonio program developing manufacturing technicians looking for participants

Applications currently being accepted

SAN ANTONIO – A local organization that focuses on developing manufacturing technicians is looking for new participants to join its programs.

Sophia Orozco, 28, graduated from the Texas Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education Accelerated Skills Training program. Students that are part of the program train to become a multi-skilled technician in the manufacturing field at a facility located in Brooks.

“(There are) pretty great teachers that want you to learn and will teach you everything you want to know,” Orozco said.

The program is 10-weeks long and students spend 30% of the time in the classroom and 70% of the time training.

Orozco said this program changed her life.

“I’m having a better job. I’m getting the opportunity to get more money to raise my family the right way,” Orozco said.

Orozco moved from Mexico to the United States about five years ago and is now an intern at the company Caterpillar.

“I’m a six-week intern and I already got the offer if you want to stay, I can stay,” Orozco said.

Applications are currently open for this program.

Orozco says for those interested to just go for it.

“If you want to try to do something, do it. If you feel curious about it, go and get it because that’s something telling you, you’re going to do great,” Orozco said.

Applications are also open for the Texas FAME Advanced Manufacturing Technology program. The program is out at the St. Phillips Southwest campus. Participants get an associate’s degree in Advanced Manufacturing Technology and get two years of related job experience.

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