Skillbridge-approved and
Department of Defense funded

Skillbridge-approved and
Department of Defense funded



NS Norfolk, Fort Eustis, Langley AFB
LIFT, in partnership with the Maritime Industrial Base Ecosystem (MIBE), Old Dominion University, the Hampton Roads Workforce Council and the Community College Workforce Cooperative, provides its Operation Next advanced manufacturing certification to active-duty service members in the region and their spouses. The innovative, self-paced, advanced manufacturing-focused training initiative blends hands-on and virtual learning, giving service members and their spouses the opportunity to earn a credential in many of the most in-demand advanced manufacturing jobs, including welding and CNC machining – at minimal or no cost to them.


Separating service members
Active duty spouses
Reservists and National Guard


Hampton Roads Workforce Council
Tidewater Community College, Virginia
Peninsula Community College
Q.E.D. Systems
East Coast Polytechnical Institute


ODU Maritime Industrial Base Ecosystem.
Training takes place at partners’ locations (please see above).


CNC Machining
Industrial Technology Maintenance (ITM)

45-day course (Shielded Metal Arc Welding certification from American Welding Society)
Location: Virginia Peninsula Community College,
525 Butler Farm Rd., Hampton, VA
Available classes: 5 Nov-16 DEC 2022
90-day course (SMAW, MIG, TIG, & flux core certification from NAVSEA/MILSPEC & AWS, plus OSHA 10 safety and blueprint reading)
Location: QED Systems, 3487 Inventors Rd. Norfolk, VA
Available classes: 6 Sep-4 Nov 2022, 3 Oct-17 Feb 2023, 1 Nov-21 Mar 2023, 28 Nov-4 Apr 2023, 3 Jan-12 May 2023, 22 Feb-30, Jun 2023, 24 Apr-31 Aug 2023, 1 May-6 Sep 2023, 5 Jun-3 Oct 2023, 10 Jul-10 Nov 2023, 31 Jul-1 Dec 2023

Computer Numerically Controlled Machining (CNC)
90-day course (CNC Mill and Lathe certification from National Institute of Metalworking Skills)
Location: Tidewater Community College
1428 Cedar Rd., Chesapeake, VA
Available classes: 23 Jan-26 May 2023, 24 Apr-18 Aug 2023, 7 Aug-29 Dec 2023


Hybrid Curriculum. CNC is a 17 week program, with the first seven weeks delivered online. ITM is eight weeks, and we have two welding programs- one is six weeks, the other is 12 weeks.
Operation Next is an official Department of Defense Skillbridge MOU. Active Duty personnel that meet the criteria for Skillbridge eligibility may apply for the Skillbridge program.


CNC and ITM are NIMS accredited, while our short-course welding is AWS, and the 90-day is NAVSEA and MILSPEC certified.


Eligible participants WILL NOT have any out of pocket expenses for the training program. Tuition and fees for this program are paid for through a Department of Defense grant.


Russell A. Czack (757) 638 – 7018

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If you are active-duty military, a spouse, dependent or veteran*, a manufacturing employer, or a military installation representative, get involved now to experience the benefits of Operation Next.