South Central College's Customized Workforce Education division is offering a unique program designed to provide individuals with autism the training needed to prepare for a career as a computer numerical control (CNC) operator.  The “Uniquely Abled Academy” will be offered at SCC’s North Mankato Campus from June 6 – August 26, 2022. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply by May 13 at

The Uniquely Abled Academy is free to all qualifying applicants thanks to an Innovation Grant awarded to South Central College by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, along with funding from additional industry partners.

Participants will learn CNC skills alongside like-minded peers to launch a career in the high demand machining field. The 12 week program will teach young adults with autism to be entry-level CNC operators and provide job placement support. Upon completion, participants will have the opportunity to test for industry-recognized credentials and can also choose to continue on in SCC’s Machine Tool Technology diploma program. 

Uniquely Abled Academies were developed through The Uniquely Abled Project and are currently available in California, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.  The new academy offered through SCC Customized Workforce Education is the first available in Minnesota. 

More information is available at