The Central Lakes College Welding and Fabrication program wants the world to know it has an industry-style tool helpign prepare CLC stduents for employment where the high-tech CNC plasma cutting table is part of the production process. The programmable device designs parts and cuts them for whatever calibrations the operator wants. A USB plug-in is part of th4 function. With the education discount, CLC was able to procure the unit for about $40,000, said instructor Michael Reeser. The PCinterface for aligning and cutting offers a variety of functions that perform much more sophisticated maneuvers than the previous plasma welder used for several years in the program. "We are certain our students will have better skills to apply on Day One at a facility where this newer plasma cutter is a mainstay in production," reeser said. There are about a half dozen in use at Central Minnesota industries. The St. Cloud-based Central McGowan welding distributor arranged for the installation and training for CLC faculty to ensure the optimal learning for CLC students. A service center at Little Falls provides ready access to whatever questions arise for students using the outstanding new tool.