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Advanced Manufacturing Grad Earns Certification

Rodrigo graduating

Rodrigo Zamudio, Class of 2020 Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics, has earned the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council Certified Production Technician certification at the WCCC Authorized Regional Testing Center. Earning the CPT certification requires a series of four exams. He is currently studying to take the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) test for Calculus at the testing center and may take more CLEP tests to get a head start on college. Rodrigo plans to earn an engineering degree in bionics.

“My family moved here four years ago from Mexico and I plan to go back there soon for college,” he said. “I was at Kings High School and chose to attend the career center for my last two years of high school because of the many opportunities offered there. The knowledge I gained and the hands-on classes and interaction with equipment gave me a realistic intro into the engineering and manufacturing fields. It has prepared me for the challenging technological world, and I learned to innovate.”

Rodrigo’s father is an engineer and that inspired him to also pursue the field. He is planning to return to his native Mexico City soon for his university studies, and said he is open to any opportunity, anywhere in the world after he earns his degree.

“Bionics appealed to me as a curious person,” he said. “I like to pay attention to the exterior world, what is outside of your home, and look at nature and beauty. My dad is an engineer, and I got interested in technology when I was young, and I still have a fascination for technology. I like the idea of combining nature and technology into a career.”

When Rodrigo decided to earn the CPT certification at the WCCC testing center, he said at first, he was nervous, but he walked into the center and saw all the computers and people concentrating on taking tests, and felt at ease.

“The testing center gives you the space and time to do your test without interruptions or distractions,” he said. “I started my first test in March and took two of them, and then the pandemic hit. Six months later I took other two. I hope to be ready for the CLEP test soon. All of this is preparing me for my future career.”

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