When Diane Stepp was laid off in August of 2012, she probably didn't think six months later, she would be recognized at Governor Scott Walker's Jan. 16 State of the State address, honored for completing a vigorous 15-week CNC Machinist Bootcamp through Moraine Park Technical College. Stepp was one of 12 graduates who completed the first CNC Machinist Boocamp funded through the Wisconsin Covenant Foundation, Inc.
The only female in her CNC class, Stepp was not intimidated by her classmates, having grown up with five brothers. "All of my classmates were very good people and very smart," Stepp said. "It seemed like everyone really enjoyed themselves and supported each other. We were all there to succeed and that was a good feeling - it was never a competition."
Each bootcamp participant was required to complete an internship at one of the partnering companies. Stepp was placed at Ameriquip, in Kiel, for her internship and was very happy when they asked if she wanted to continue working with them in a full-time role as a CNC operator.
For more information on upcoming CNC and Welding bootcamps, visit morainepark.edu/bootcamps.