Behind nearly everyone’s success story is any number of supporting players, without whom it would not be possible. Such is certainly the case for Magally Rengifo-Marin, a CNC Operations student at Madison Area Technical College (MATC).
One of Magally’s key supporters is her employer, Promega Corporation, a manufacturer of products for biochemistry and molecular biology. She started working there six years ago as a temporary packaging technician and was hired on full-time in that position after her first year.
Recently, the company acquired CNC (computer numerical controlled) machines, and Magally expressed interested in learning how to operate them. That led her to the training programs at Madison College, which began offering manufacturing credential programs in the summer of 2013, according to Claudette Zweifel, administrative coordinator for manufacturing programs.
Magally enrolled in the first semester of the Manufacturing Essentials program, which includes the OSHA 10-hour industry recognized safety credential. This May 2014, she will finish the CNC Operator program. Then, Magally hopes to enroll in the CNC Setup Technician credential program, which the college is developing next.
Originally from Peru, Magally has lived in the United States since 2003. She had three years of college in Peru, with a major in a program similar to oceanography. Her hope is to continue after the CNC training to earn an associate’s degree at MATC.
Ms. Zweifel said she is impressed with Magally because, “She is juggling a lot as a single mother, full-time employee, and student.” Plus, Magally is overcoming the odds in manufacturing, where women are in the minority, Zweifel noted.
As a student, Magally found it difficult to be in class in the afternoons and evenings after a full work day. To make it easier, Promega created a second shift just for her, so now she attends class from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and then works from 3:30 to 11 p.m.
The other challenge in Magally’s life is making sure her son is taken care of while she goes to school and works. Fortunately, she found a nice family who live nearby, to help her.
“I am very grateful to Promega, Madison College, and the family who watch my son,” Magally said. “My mother says to take advantage of these opportunities now because they may not come again.” That is what she is doing, with faith that it will all pay off in the future.