Photo by Jessy Duque. HCC Career and College Promise Computer-Integrated Machining students (pictured left to right) Slade Schulhofer, Zachary Reece and Tristan Carson received internships to GE Aviation in Asheville. This opportunity will allow them to build their career while finishing college.

Three Haywood Community College Career and College Promise Computer-Integrated Machining students are already seeing their education pay off with the unique opportunity of receiving an internship with GE Aviation in Asheville. Pisgah High School students Tristan Carson and Zachary Reece and Tuscola High School student Slade Schulhofer have been selected 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 global leader in jet engine and aircraft system production. Through the internship, these students will benefit from occupational training that combines on-the-job experience with classroom instruction. In essence, Carson, Reece and Schulhofer will be paid while earning high school and college credit.

“This will be a really good experience,” Carson explains. “And I think it’s cool to make something that people use every day.”

Schulhofer decided to enroll in the computer-integrated machining program for several reasons. “I decided to take classes in this program because I have friends that are full-time machinists. They told me this is a good field for job placement and job security. Also, the pay is great.” 

According to Doug Cabe, HCC computer-integrated machining instructor, the machining field is a great choice for students where the pay is excellent and jobs will always be in demand. “Seeing these high school students receive the GE internships shows that students entering the machining program are getting jobs. This internship is a good opportunity for students. I enjoy seeing students applying what they have learned at HCC in the field. I am confident that these students are getting the training they need to go straight into the industry.”  

The Career and College Promise Program is open to high school students during their junior and senior years. These students earn both high school and college credit simultaneously tuition-free, allowing them to save both time and money.

HCC computer-integrated machining students may pursue an associate degree, diploma or three different certificates. For more information about HCC’s computer-integrated machining program, please visit or contact us at or 828-564-5117.