Uniquely Abled Academy

Our Academy gives individuals with high functioning autism a chance to earn a living and learn the skills to be a CNC machinist.

College of the Canyons’ Uniquely Abled Academy offers a career pathway to job seekers with high-functioning autism. Our intensive 12 week UAA training program for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machinists, includes 420 hours of in-class instruction, 60 hours of job focus readiness, soft skills, site visits, and open laboratory participation – all under the instruction of professional, experienced CNC trainers. Upon graduating, individuals can program, setup, and operate CNC machines, use quality control instruments, apply shop mathematics and read blueprints. Graduates qualify for a host of entry-level jobs, including machinist trainee, machinist apprentice, CNC operator, CNC programmer and more.

Lynda DePerno
CACT Coordinator
College of the Canyons
Phone: (661) 362-3112
Fax: (661) 294-1807
Email Lynda

Vivek Sharma
Director, Employee Training Institute
College of the Canyons
Phone: (661) 362-3111
Fax: (661) 294-1807
Email Vivek

CNC Machinist & Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program

Join us for our Open House to find out more about our Uniquely Abled Academy here in the Santa Clarita Valley. This program prepares individuals with high functioning autism to take on a manufacturing career through an innovative and focused job-training program, specializing in CNC machining.

For more information, please visit the following links:

Highlights of our CNC training program:


Inside preview of the CNC making world:


Sample tests for entry into the training program: