Steve Marion
CCBC student
Machine Tool Training

"CCBC staff go the extra mile. They break everything down so that you can understand it."

Steve Marion always had a hard time with school. “I have learning disabilities and I struggled,” says Marion. “When I graduated from Bel Air High, I never planned to go back to school again.”

But after 16 years of smelting pig iron at Sparrows Point, he suddenly found himself out of work when RG Steel, the plant’s most recent owner, shut it down for the last time.

Out of a job and with experience that only prepared him for work that was suddenly irrelevant, Marion wasn’t sure what was next.

But through a partnership between the State of Maryland, Baltimore County and CCBC, he’s enrolled in the college’s Machine Tool Short Term Training program. The program packs a full year of advanced hands-on and computer-based training into six months, preparing him for a quick return to the workforce in manufacturing.

“The program boasts 100 percent placement with the first class. I am hoping that will continue with my class.” says Marion.

And as for being back in school? “The atmosphere here is incredible and it’s a pleasure to come to school,” Marion says. “CCBC staff go the extra mile. They break everything down so that you can understand it. I’d rate CCBC number one!”

CCBC student, Steve Marion