Walfer Cifuentes learned so much in the CNC Machining class that he doesn’t want to stop.

“I want to keep learning more,” he said. “I need to learn the most possible.”

Cifuentes has lived in Waterloo for six years, working at Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc., the entire time. He learned about the CNC Machining program while in his English Language Learning class and came to the program without any knowledge of computers or machining.

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Walfer Cifuentes receives his certificate of completion, presented by Sen. Bill Dotzler.

“I had never taken a math test before,” Cifuentes said. “It was good for me to see how much I knew. I learned a lot from that.”

In addition to math skills, Cifuentes learned blueprint reading and CNC machining, as well as improving his English.

“The teachers explained every single step to make it easy to understand,” he said. “Everybody was so nice. I absolutely enjoyed it.”

Cifuentes now works as an assistant supervisor in inventory at Tyson and looks forward to moving up within the company in order to utilize his newfound technical skills. He hopes to keep learning new skills as well, something that makes his family very proud.

“My family is excited about my education,” he said. “It’s the most important thing to them.”