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Meet Aung Aung. He works full time and still finds a way to attend classes between his work schedule.

He's from Burma and joins 30 other students in this program at Hawkeye Community College.

"The goal is to get skilled-workers into the work force faster because we have a skilled-worker shortage," Sandy Jensen of Hawkeye Community College said.

Majority of these adults are finishing their high school education, all while preparing themselves for a job.

"These students come in with a lot of challenges academically, socially, family-wise...so as they come in the teachers need to be extra-sensitive to their situations," English teacher Tyler Nolting said.

Adults meet 5 days a week for 4 hours a day, learning all about machinery. Then add on the challenge of learning English.

"I like this CNC class and then I improve my English- it's good," Aung said.

It's a rewarding program for teachers as well, who see their hard work pay off at the end of each and every class.

"As a teacher it gives you goose bumps..You can see the progression of the students as they move from not knowing anything where they can  operate a machine and understand what they are doing," Teacher Jerome Amos Jr. said.

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