“Whatever good things we build end up building us.” – Jim Rohn
Throughout my career in the trades, I have been privileged to have worked on a vast variety of extraordinary projects, from aerospace to medical components. I take a great deal of pride in crafting precision parts and I immensely enjoy the challenge as well as the gratification that the creation process brings; though I have found that my most significant work is not made of metal or polymer. To me, the most rewarding and significant thing that I have built throughout my vocation has been: more machinists.
This month, I had the honor of attending a weeklong CNC bootcamp at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Manufacturing and Design Research Facility. The experience was not just an educational journey but a transformative one, as I became an official trainer for the national America’s Cutting Edge (ACE) program. The subsequent week, I had the privilege of leading my first CNC bootcamp for Roane State Community College at the Cumberland Business Incubator in Crossville, TN.
The time I spent in Tennessee reaffirmed my commitment to making CNC education accessible to those inspired to learn. I’m deeply thankful for the ACE program’s invitation to join their network of trainers and for the opportunity to collaborate with some of the industry’s brightest minds. I am also exceedingly grateful to both the staff as well as my amazing class of students from Roane State CBI – for not only the outstanding hospitality – but also for your enthusiasm, your fervent drive to learn, your incredible sense of fun, and the remarkably positive impact you have made on my life.  I feel proud of all the hard work and excellent questions/discussions that you put in during the week of camp. Each of you continues to inspire me – and I am thankful for everything that I have learned and the connections that we built during our time together.  🔧 ❤️ 🔧