Community College Partnership Training

Goodwill partners with local community colleges on the following programs:

Basic Manufacturing

Basic Manufacturing Skills prepares students for entry level positions with regional manufacturers. Basic Manufacturing Skills is a non-credit intensive training program that prepares students for entry-level positions with regional manufacturers. Students are provided with the basic skills needed to be successful in a high-performance manufacturing environment.

Target Audience: Virginia Western is looking for motivated, responsible adults eager to change careers or start manufacturing or technical careers that offer competitive wages, benefits and opportunities for advancement. Scholarship money may be available for students who are Tobacco Commission Region (Franklin County) residents.


  • 6 week program
  • OSHA 10 Certification


Virginia Western Community College will offer Manual Machining and CNC Machining training at the Roanoke JOBS Campus.

Manual Machining

These classes cover the basic components of the engine lathe and column-and-knee mill and how these components are used during the various cutting processes. Intermediate-level classes focus on the setup of the engine lathe and mill and instruct on how to perform a variety of cutting operations on sample parts.

CNC Machining

Teaches use of software to create numerical machine code to drive CNC milling machines or lathes. Reviews and builds on manual CNC programming methods.

Industrial Manufacturing

The Virginia Western Community College Partnership Industrial Maintenance Technician program introduces students to the knowledge and skills they will need as entry level industrial maintenance technicians. Working in industrial or manufacturing facilities, industrial machinery mechanics call upon a variety of knowledge and skills in electronics, hydraulics, and pneumatics controls; working with blueprints and mechanical building codes; and welding equipment to repair and maintain large and complex machines. The training program lasts 17 weeks. The program purpose is to prepare individuals for jobs as Industrial Machinery Mechanics and Maintenance Technicians.


  • Certified Maintenance and Reliability Technician (CMRT) certification through the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals
  • Level 1: Siemens Certified Mechatronic Systems Assistant (SMSCP) through Siemens Technik Akademie (an internationally recognized credential )
  • Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) and Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) certifications through the American Welding Society (CAWS)
  • Career Readiness Certificate

For more information on the Community College Partnership, e-mail or call (540) 581.0620, option 1.