Manufacturing Works' state-registered Precision Machining CNC Pre-Apprenticeship program bridges the gap between secondary career tech education (CTE) curriculum and registered manufacturing apprenticeship programs in Northeast Ohio.

Our two-year program provides students with a structured balance of industry aligned technical curriculum content, competency-based work readiness skills, and work-based learning opportunities to prepare students to advance into registered apprenticeship programs in chosen fields.

  • Technical Skills (Classroom experience, NIMS Level 1 Credential)
  • Job Readiness Skills (Skills USA leadership experience, Career Ready 101—WorkKeys preparation, Resume writing and mock interview experience)
  • Work-based Learning (Job shadowing, 100-120 hours of paid internship experience)

Our program prepares students for:

Manufacturing Apprenticeship
  • Work full time with starting wages of ~ $13/hour
  • Earn a 4-year degree with no debt
  • Reach Journey-level within 4 years (~ $16/hour)
College (two- or four-year degree)
  • Technical training in high school articulates through college credit at Tri-C
  • Skills developed during pre-apprenticeship help college success
Other Career Options
  • Soft skills and credentials create good foundation for success
  • Work experience (internship) makes you more competitive


  • Student must retain a 93% attendance rate throughout high school.
  • Student must maintain a 2.5 GPA and passing all classes.
  • Student is on schedule for graduation – must have no deficiencies or other obstacles that would prevent receiving a high school diploma.
  • Parent or guardian and student must sign a Student Pre-apprenticeship Awareness Contract.
  • Teacher and Guidance counselor must sign off on application to verify eligibility.

This program is a cooperative venture among the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Ohio State Apprenticeship Council, Manufacturing Works, and Friends of Max Hayes.

How do I get involved? If you are a school, student/parent, or business interested in learning more about this opportunity, contact Jessica Westropp, Senior Manager of Youth Workforce Development, at 216.588.1444.