Six Disneyland Resort cast members graduated from a four-year machinist training program offered by Fullerton Community College in partnership with the Disneyland Resort giving them certification to be eligible for job advancement. The program prepared them for career advancement and consisted of courses for credit at Fullerton College. They gained hands-on training in attraction maintenance and transportation services through learnings in the classroom and at the Disneyland Resort. Each student received a Journeyman card, which certifies them to perform advanced technical work. In the culmination of the program, students walked away with a plethora of skills in topics like blueprint reading, technical mathematics, welding, manufacturing processes and transportation services.
Programs like this at Fullerton College create a perfect partnership as the Resort looks for ways to support professional development of our cast. “Disney is a global corporation, and this program serves as an important reminder that the workforce is local,” said Fullerton College President Rajen Vurdien. “On a micro level, it gives students an edge to advance their careers in a competitive job market. On a macro level, it brings to light the importance of partnerships to enhance the local economy and California’s global competitiveness through education and training.”