Program Details

Not your average classroom! SVC’s new cutting-edge Manufacturing Associates in Applied Science (AAS) program is starting this Fall quarter 2021. Train in our newly expanded, million-dollar production lab where you’ll learn through a unique on-the-job experience. Engage in start to finish manufacturing as you produce, test, and roll-out to market your own product—the Silent Mandolin.

This unique program presents a one-of-a-kind opportunity not available anywhere. While silent instruments are available, with Yamaha leading the market, no one is manufacturing a silent mandolin. SVC’s instrument production will use all sustainable products making this a green mandolin. And even better, sales of the product will go back into the program with plans to create a manufacturing scholarship for students.

Green violin created in Manufacturing program

Designed For

A variety of audiences from high school students, those retraining for workplace careers, looking to advance in their career, or those with a love for musical instruments. If you’re interested in hands-on learning in a working production lab, learning valuable manufacturing skills, and contributing to product development processes, this program might be a good fit for you!

What You’ll Learn

  • Quality-control processes that ensure products meets standards and requirements.
  • Technology used in today’s production environments like Computerized Numeric Control (CNC), Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Automation Systems.
  • Complete real-world projects that can demonstrate skills to employers.
  • Design and process improvement methodologies that enhance efficiency and effectiveness.

Expanding Opportunities

According to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM):

  • Washington State job demand is high with an average of 298,000 manufacturing employees across the state (2019)
  • Average annual compensation in the manufacturing industry is $93,095.67 (2018).

Ways to Pay for College

At SVC, tuition is less than half the cost of a public four-year college, and a fraction of the cost of a private university. If you plan on transferring, starting your first two years here could save you thousands. And, we can help you learn about ways to pay your tuition.

  • Did you file the FAFSA? The best way to start looking for money for college is to fill out the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA (or WASFA) figures out if you qualify for grants, loans, and/or on-campus jobs – and many scholarship applications require it. You might be surprised to see what you qualify for!
  • Why not apply for a scholarship? You don’t need to be number one in your class or an all-star athlete to get money for college. Scholarships can be need-based, merit-based, or based on things like your hobbies, field of study, and more. Find out about scholarships and requirements so you don’t miss a chance to get money for college.
  • If you’re a veteran, you may be entitled to education benefits and reduced tuition.
  • You might qualify for special tuition funding through Worker Retraining, or while funds are available, eligible Skagit Valley College students who have been impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis may qualify for emergency funding.
  • Even if you plan on paying for your education out-of-pocket, you can arrange to set-up a payment plan.

Whether you’re experiencing job loss, you want to earn more, or you’re looking for career advancement, earning a college degree will increase your earning potential for life. For every $1 you invest in your education, you’ll gain an average $4.10 in future earnings, according to the State Board for Community and Technical College’s economic impact study.

Meet the Instructor

Learn from industry experts. At SVC, your instructor is a real-world expert with firsthand knowledge in their field—and they’re excited to pass that knowledge on to you!

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