Buck Rich

Program: Manufacturing Technology

 When Buck Rich enrolled in Clackamas Community College’s manufacturing program two years ago, students were getting hired as soon as they graduated. Now, Rich says, they’re getting offers even sooner.

He should know. He’s 12 credits shy of a dual degree in manufacturing/technology and computer-aided machining, but he’s already working through a temporary agency for a major Northwest manufacturer.

He does thermal forming, helping to create the intricate molds that shape athletic shoes.

Rich says thanks to CCC’s up-to-date training, there was very little learning curve.

“CCC gave me exactly what I needed to go out there and make money and support my family,” Rich said.

Rich, 34, a husband and father to three boys, lost his construction job to the recession after working in the field since he was 17.

After talking with college counselors, he quickly realized the Manufacturing Department could be a smart path to a family-wage job. “I found the exact right program at the exact right time,” he says.

Companies large and small come to CCC and offer seminars, or invite manufacturing students to tour their facilities.

“It’s pretty amazing,” Rich says. “We’d be doing an on-site tour, at Boeing for example, and afterwards they’d hand us all job applications and ask us to apply.”

As for his new job, Rich says he’s hopeful he’ll be hired on directly.

“It actually feels really good,” he says. “I’ve learned a new profession that will provide more than I ever could have made otherwise. Thanks to CCC, I’ve got a new career and a new life.”

For information about manufacturing programs at CCC, contact 503-594-3318 or email debym@clackamas.edu

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