The UAA at College of the Canyons (CA)

College of the Canyons is located in Santa Clarita, California, northwest of Los Angeles.


UAA at College of the Canyons – CNC Fast Track Program will take place March 19, 2018 to June 9, 2018
ADI CACT tour of machines, etc: Jan 30th at 6:00 pm 

UAA WorkKeys Testing: 
University Center College of the Canyons, Room 309
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, Ca 91355
Friday, February 23, 2018 8am – 12pm
Register at:
For information and to attend contact Program Coordinator Karen Navarro, (818) 489-9805


The UAA at College of the Canyons is a 12-week program, with 240 hours of in-class instruction led by a highly experienced CNC operator and instructor, plus 60 hours of focus on job readiness, soft skills, site visits, and open laboratory. Students will learn to program, setup, and operate CNC machines combined with using quality control instruments, shop mathematics and blueprint reading. Graduates will qualify for a number of entry-level positions, including machine trainee, machinist apprentice, CNC operator, and CNC programmer.

The College of the Canyons’ Uniquely Abled Academy provides an intensive career preparation program for job seekers with high functioning autism looking for an opportunity to start a new career as a Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machinist.


CNC machinists use machine tools, such as computer numerically controlled (CNC) lathes and mills to produce precision metal parts requiring the use of complex operations and great attention to detail. CNC machines, following a computer program, control the cutting tool speeds and feeds, as well as sequencing the tool changing process for specific operations.  The CNC machinist controls their CNC machine in performing all necessary cuts to complete an operation or to create a complete part.  CNC machinists sometimes work with numerical control programmers to determine how the automated equipment will produce a part.

This program is for candidates seeking entry-level positions in CNC machining operations and a long-term career path in industries such as aerospace, automotive, medical device, and other manufacturing companies.

  • The Uniquely Abled Academy provides overall coordination and project management of activities such as application assessment and intake process; organizing delivery of funding and services to trainees; and administration duties such as – record keeping, assisting with employment services, and overall positive behavioral support for trainees.
  • This all-encompassing training program offers program funding for qualified applicants and successfully places most trainees in their new career upon graduation.
  • Candidates attend Orientation Workshops held at the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center.
  • Individuals will need to possess basic computer skills and completion of Applied Mathematics and Reading for Information assessments.
  • Most classes will be held at the College of the Canyons’ Center for Applied Competitive Technologies located at 25571 Rye Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91355
  • Classes start at 8:30AM – 4:30PM, Monday through Friday, for 12 weeks.
  • Class Topics Include:
    • Manufacturing processes and safety
    • Shop mathematics
    • Blueprint reading
    • Precision inspection using calipers, micrometers, and dial indicators
    • Geometric tolerances
    • Manual machining
    • Tool selection and geometry
    • Feeds and speeds
    • CNC setup and operation of tools
    • Fixtures and work holding
    • Completion of machining projects using aluminum raw material
    • CNC basic programming including G Codes, M Codes, and Feed Codes
    • Understanding axis and machining program routines

For more information, contact Program Coordinator Karen Navarro, (818) 489-9805 or