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Industrial Program Alumni


Did you know?

SEEDS trainees who obtained a Manufacturing job receive on average 40% more in a starting (hire) salary than those entering Other careers. This increases to 46% more on average in salary at twelve months!


Christian Styburski

Christian Styburski, a spring 2019 graduate of the Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Technology Certificate of Development program, also earned his Associate in General Studies degree at North Central.

He now works as a Machine Technician on the Automation Team at Kenona Industries in Grand Rapids.

“I monitor machines and robots to make sure everything is running smoothly and efficiently around the shop. It’s a very busy job, but I really enjoy it and love working for Kenona.  A scholarship from The Garden Party Foundation allowed me to earn both degrees and get to work quickly—entirely debt-free—and I am grateful!”


Chase Griffin

Chase Griffin, a CNC Certificate of Development graduate, has also earned his welding certificate through IAI. After several years in the workforce as an employee, he has since opened his own shop, Tip of the Mitt Welding & Fabrication in Boyne City.


Dylan Hutterer

Dylan Hutterer of Petoskey started the CNC Program as a high school student. He finished his courses on campus and earned his Certificate of Development in Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Technology in May of 2018.

He was then offered his full-time position as a Laser Programmer at Jervis B. Webb at their Boyne City location.  While working there, he continues to work toward his AGS and CAD Certificate at North Central.


Ian Shackleford

Ian Shackleford of Petoskey is a graduate of the CNC Program at North Central. He has been working at Lanzen Incorporated, Petoskey location. He makes precision parts for the defense industry.


Mark Crump

Mark Crump of Petoskey completed a certificate of development in CNC Machinist Technology and began his career at Precision Edge in September, 2016. Mark’s knowledge gained from the program at NCMC helped him quickly achieve a Machine Operator I level in both the Lathe and Rollo Departments. In addition, Mark completed his first year in an Apprentice Program through Penn Foster/Department of Labor sponsored by PE. This is a four-year program where he will earn a Journeyman’s in Machining Technology upon graduation.


Shawntae Kauska

Shawntae, a CNC program graduate from Charlevoix, earned a Certificate of Development from North Central.  She now works as a CNC Machinist at Moeller Aerospace in Harbor Springs.

Elijah Newton

A CNC student while in high school, has spent the last two summers as a Product Engineering Intern at ej (East Jordan Ironworks).

Attending Michigan Technological University for Mechanical Engineering, he is involved in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), a not-for-profit membership organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, career enrichment and skills development. He is also a member of the Michigan Tech Aerospace Enterprise, an interdisciplinary group of undergraduate students that design, license, and assemble small satellites for organizations such as Air Force Research Laboratory and NASA.


David Isham

David Isham of East Jordan started the CNC Program as a high school student, taking classes in the Fab Lab.  He finished his courses on campus during a 4-week summer intensive (CNC Completion Camp) and earned his Certificate of Development in Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Technology.

He interned for two summers at ej (East Jordan Ironworks), a worldwide company headquartered in East Jordan. David completed his Associate of Science at North Central and is now at Lake Superior State University in the Manufacturing Engineering Technology Bachelor of Science program.

Amanda Saxby

A CNC student from Alanson, Amanda completed her Certificate of Development in CNC Machining Technology at North Central. She now works as a CNC Machinist at Bay Shore Steel Works.