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Contact:  Chris Craddock

Public Information Officer, Kilgore College

Phone: (903) 983-8181


Basic Machine Shop Classes Now Available at East Texas Advanced Manufacturing Academy in Longview

Kilgore College will add to its Continuing Education offerings with a Basic Machine Shop course at the East Texas Manufacturing Academy (ETxAMA) in Longview.

The class, offered through the KC Continuing Education program, will cover the use of precision measuring tools and blueprint reading, as well as basic lathe, mill and grinder usage.

The 96-hour course will begin Jan. 19 and end in May, meeting 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Cost of the course is $350 and registration is underway.

The collaboration between key stakeholders and ETxAMA, KC and the Longview Chamber of Commerce have brought about increased utilization of the ETxAMA as an adult education delivery site to bridge the gaps with employers and academia.  In 2020, this collaboration began developing strategies and tactics to address these gaps.

“These are skillsets that will enable graduates to be qualified for good paying jobs enabling a good life in our community.  The objective of this collaboration is to grow manufacturing skills to supply capabilities for the existing East Texas Industry base, attract new industry and provide students with pathways to industrial jobs that will earn competitive wages,” said Kelly Hall, President/CEO of the Longview Chamber of Commerce.

The ETxAMA serves as a training center for local industry by providing a gateway to industry certifications, associate’s degrees, and bachelor’s degrees in the greater Longview area, as well as an adult education center for retraining the workforce.

In addition, KC will also offer tuition-free safety classes at the ETxAMA starting in January as well.  Schedules for these classes will be announced soon.

For more information, please call Robert Horn at (903) 988-7576 or email


The East Texas Advanced Manufacturing Academy serves as a training center for local industry as well as an adult education center for retraining the workforce.  It also provides high school students an opportunity to obtain training in Instrumentation and Electrical Technology and Precision Machining Technology.

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