by Jennifer Rose Bryant
After graduating from Lancaster High School in 2013, Shawn Talley began attending Virginia Tech in pursuit of a mechanical engineering degree.
As a freshman, Talley realized it was all a bit too much, too soon. He returned home and began looking at the options available in his familiar environment.
Undecided about whether to take academic courses at Rappahannock Community College (RCC) or pursue a trade, Talley signed up for a Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) Machinist Operator course through RCC’s Workforce and Community Development Center.
A CNC machinist operator cuts, grinds and drills…