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Sinclair Students Reach Impressive Milestone in Accelerate Manufacturing Pilot

sinclairmfgTwo ambitious Sinclair students recently reached a milestone by completing a semester course in just four weeks through a new accelerated delivery program.  This milestone was achieved by delivering the content in online modules and allowing students to bypass topics when already know the material.

“I see students that want to work ahead at an accelerated pace, but are unable to do so in a traditional classroom structure,” said Keith Bernheisel, Sinclair Instructor in Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM). “In the first four weeks of this pilot, I saw two very energetic, well disciplined, students finish the class,” added Bernheisel.  “All of the students taking this course are weeks ahead of schedule and are doing great work.”  

Sinclair is piloting three accelerated courses this semester with plans to offer three additional CAM courses fall semester.  Students will now be able to complete a Short-Term Certificate in Basic Machining without all the constraints of a traditional classroom.  “This new approach is allowing people that have some knowledge to test out of what they already know and spend time learning only what they do not know,” said Bernheisel.  “This is a great alternative to the all or none proficiency tests,” he added.

Sinclair believes the Accelerate MFG program will allow more employed workers to pursue a certificate around their work schedule.  “This is a great opportunity for people who work and/or have some existing knowledge of manufacturing,” said Bernheisel. “This will also be an awesome way for employers to help their employees earn college credit and industry credentials while still working.”

The Accelerate MFG pilot is part of a Dept. of Labor TAACCCT grant seeking to provide accelerated and flexible pathways to certificates and degrees in Advanced Manufacturing. For more information, visit or email

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