HCC expands to offer advanced CNC automation machines

 Highland Community College is committed to expanding its advanced manufacturing programs by adding the latest in modern Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine tools for its students to remain competitive in gaining jobs in area manufacturing.

The $113,000 needed to purchase the current generation lathe and mill machines came as a result of a generous donation through the HCC Foundation from the Dorothy and R.C. Clock family. The formerly named Business and Technology Center was dedicated as the Dorothy and RC Clock Technology Center last fall.

"There has been a lot of local discussion on advanced manufacturing, and these new machines allow our students to be able to experience and work on more advanced and updated equipment," said Scott Anderson, dean of Business and Technology. "We hear there is a need for CNC machinists and that there is also a shortage of experienced people for these jobs. This means Highland can help fill that guild gap in the industrial sector."

Scott Anderson, dean of Business and Technology, inspects a newly installed Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine, which offers Highland students the chance to study the latest in manufacturing technology. 

CNC Machining is a process used in the manufacturing sector that involves the use of computers to control machine tools. Tools that can be controlled in this manner include lathes, mills, routers and grinders.

There are many advantages to using CNC Machining. The process is more precise than manual machining, and can be replicated with near exact precision. Because of the precision possible with CNC machines, this process can produce complex shapes that would be almost impossible with manual machining.

For more information about Highland's advance manufacturing program, contact Scott Anderson at or 815.599.3604

2998 W. Pearl City Road
Freeport, IL 61032-9341

Fax 815-235-6130

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