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Milford's Precision Machining Program gets national attention

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Illuzzi was student of the quarter last summer.

Andrew Illuzzi heard about the reputation of Southeast Community College’s Precision Machining and Automation Technology program all the way from New Jersey. He and his wife, Christina, moved to Lincoln for the duration of the program.

“The reputation of the program was excellent,” Illuzzi said. “It’s leaps and bounds ahead of other schools with this program.”

Program Chair Kirby Taylor said it’s not new to get nationwide recognition for the program, but it is the first time someone moved from New Jersey specifically for the program.

“There’s no better confirmation of knowing you do a job right when someone chooses you as their path, knowing their decision is coming at great personal cost but they still deem it worthwhile,” Taylor said.  

Illuzzi’s father owns a mold and tool company in New Jersey called Linden Mold Tool Inc. He asked other people in the profession about a good school for his son to attend, and SCC kept coming up in the conversation.

“There was a smaller place in Massachusetts and one in Washington, but they were nowhere near as good a program as Milford’s,” he said. “The class size at SCC was one of the biggest factors for me. I got a lot of one-on-one time and they always had the time to show us what we needed to do.”

Illuzzi was in the Marine Corps and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from American Military University. He knew he wanted to work at his father’s shop, so he set out to expand his education at SCC.

SCC’s Precision Machining and Automation Technology program prepares students for a fast-paced career in manufacturing, specializing in tool making, mold making and manufacturing automation. Students can earn an Associate of Applied Science degree or a diploma.

“It’s not only working with your hands, you have to really think about what you’re doing,” Illuzzi said. “You make very deliberate and precise moves in this field.”

Illuzzi and his wife spent 18 months in Nebraska to finish the program, and then recently returned to New Jersey where he will work with his new knowledge of the industry.

“I will be bringing back a good foundation and a basic understanding of what toolmakers do,” he said. “It was a no-brainer coming to SCC Milford.”

Taylor has no doubt Illuzzi will succeed in the field of precision machining.

“He’s a top-notch student with an exceptional work ethic,” Taylor added.

Illuzzi graduated from SCC’s program in December 2018.

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For more information contact:
Andrea Gallagher
Marketing Specialist
402-323-3395
agallagher@southeast.edu