Become a machinist for free in eight weeks through the Polk State Metallica Scholars Program

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Polk State College is proud to be one of the schools selected from a competitive pool across the country to receive a grant from Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges.

This initiative is providing full scholarships for students to complete Polk State Corporate College’s eight-week Computer Numeric Control (CNC) Machining Program as well as funds to take exams for six National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certifications that will qualify students for in-demand, high-wage jobs with starting pay between $18 and $30 an hour.

CNC machinery precision-cuts, grinds, or drills materials. Machinists are technicians who make adjustments to machines to control the speed, the material fed, and the path of the cut, as well as make sure the machines are set up properly, working efficiently, and producing a high-quality product.

The CNC Machining Program takes eight weeks to complete and sessions will begin on:

  • September 6, 2021
  • January 10, 2022
  • March 7, 2022
  • May 9, 2022

Individuals who are interested in this free, short-term training opportunity should contact Coordinator Jamie Rowan at or 863.837.5954. More information is available online at