Siemens recently launched a new workforce-development program for secondary and technical schools across America. The Lifelong Educational Advantage Program (LEAP), which is being made available through Siemens Cooperates with Education, is designed to give high school and technical school graduates a basic to advanced machine tool knowledge that will benefit them in their future careers as computer numerical control (CNC) machinists.

As part of the program, Siemens will provide training courses in two machine tool disciplines: milling and turning. Each of the courses is divided into levels with prerequisites. Each course level receives a complete curriculum, which includes both classroom and hands-on training models. Upon successful completion of each level, students receive a certification.

"Employers need graduates who are more than basic machine operators for basic parts cutting," explains Brian Hamilton, Siemens' CNC education manager. "Siemens CNC instruction best supports this career path from basic to advanced knowledge."

Once an educational institution is enrolled in the Siemens Cooperates with Education program, a site assessment will determine which LEAP program best fits the participating school's needs. Assistance with the installation of the software package, as well as scheduling for instructor training and certification, will be made available.

For more information, visit www.siemens.com.