Two Haywood Community College Computer-Integrated Machining students are already seeing their education pay off with the unique opportunity of receiving an internship with GE Aviation in Asheville. Wesley Pope and HCC Career and College Promise and Tuscola High School senior Taylor Sherrill have been selected through an interview process to receive the internships which will allow them to build their career while finishing college.

According to GE Aviation’s website, the company is a leading manufacturer of aerospace engine components. Through the internship, these students will benefit from occupational training that combines on-the-job experience with classroom instruction. In essence, Pope and Sherrill will get paid while earning high school and/or college credit. As a bonus, they will also be evaluated for consideration of full-time employment. 

“This is the perfect opportunity for students to get their first job and build their resume,” explains Doug Cabe, HCC Computer-Integrated Machining Instructor. “Students need to know the value they get out of this program.”

For Pope, this degree will make his second to add to his resume. “I know how hard it is to get a job. This internship is a chance to show what I can do. I also want to set an example for the college. I will be representing the college through this internship and I want to make an impact for future students.”

Pope says one of the things he enjoys about the machining program is working on projects that end with something people will see every day. “I am involved in projects that come from across campus. The end result is a finished product that you can hold in your hand and see the outcome.”

Sherrill agrees. “As soon as I started working in the lab at the Regional High Technology Center, I loved it. I am mechanically minded. I like to challenge my brain and I like to work with my hands. The Machining program gives me all that.”

Sherrill comes from Tuscola every day to attend classes at HCC through the Career and College Promise Program. “The program at HCC has helped me with more than just machining. It has helped with high school classes too. The instructors are great. I wish other high school students realized that there is nothing to be intimidated by when coming to HCC for classes while you’re still in high school.”

In fact, Sherrill is reaping benefits that some college students don’t get. Classes through the Career and College Promise program are free. In addition, the internship through GE Aviation also pays for college classes if a student maintains a 3.0 grade point average. What better way for a student to apply what they learn in class while they still have an instructor standing by to answer questions.

“At HCC, the machining instructors do so much for the students,” Pope says. “They care about your personal success.”

“We’ve got good students that really want to work and we are putting them to work,” explains Cabe. “They are getting jobs before they leave HCC. I just wish students could see the value they get out of this program.”

For more information about HCC’s Computer-Integrated Machining Program, please call 828-564-5117.

 Photos by Diana Conard. Haywood Community College Computer-Integrated Machining student Wesley Pope is already seeing his education pay off with the unique opportunity of receiving an internship with GE Aviation in Asheville. HCC Career and College Promise and Tuscola High School senior Taylor Sherrill was one of two students selected through an interview process to receive an internship through GE Aviation in Asheville.