Welcome to the Advanced Manufacturing Alliance site
The North Carolina Advanced Manufacturing Alliance comprises 10 community colleges which are providing specialized training to people to prepare them for employment in the advanced manufacturing sector. An $18 million grant from the U.S. DOL is providing the consortium of colleges with funding for equipment equivalent to what is used by advanced manufacturing companies in North Carolina.
The alliance is accelerating the training of people who have become unemployed and dislocated as a result of offshoring and giving them the skills and credentials North Carolina employers need for well-paid jobs. It is using curricula for its state-of-the-art equipment and students are equipped with iPads for online connectivity to their coursework and their success managers. Additionally, it is accredited by the national industry organization, NCCER, to provide instructor accreditation and training in North Carolina.
The North Carolina Advanced Manufacturing Alliance is not conducting workforce development in isolation. Instead, it is working closely with industry partners statewide to meet the needs specific to their industry and manufacturing processes. The Alliance has also been accredited to provide nationally-recognized and portable industry credentials and certificates.
Working in this sector
Advanced manufacturing is characterized by NAM as "making extensive use of computer, high precision, and information technologies integrated with a high performance workforce in a production system capable of furnishing a heterogeneous mix of products in small or large volumes with both the efficiency of mass production and the flexibility of custom manufacturing in order to respond quickly to customer demands."
Manufacturing in NC
North Carolina's advanced manufacturing companies follow on the state's long track record in manufacturing, which produces approximately 19% of state income*. The state's advanced manufacturing capabilities extend across a wide range of sectors that include components, biomanufacturing, food products, nanotechnology and aerospace.