The N.C. Advanced Manufacturing Alliance has a plan to address the shortfall in workers statewide in the advanced manufacturing sector in North Carolina.Â This summary of its plan illustrates the comprehensive approach adopted by the Alliance to improve student completion rates; provide quality training so that students have the skills they need for industry to confidently hire them; and implement a new learning model that takes advantage of a digitally-connected world.
Advanced technology for hands on training
Students gain hands-on skills on state-of-the-art equipment that is similar or identical to the equipment found in industry.Â
New coursework tailored specifically to the equipment is being taught to students to enable them to qualify with industry-acceptable certificates and credentials.
Online and offline
Partnering with Apple, students are equipped with iPads so that they are able to access multimedia coursework on iTunes U, complete projects offline, and expand their learning horizons on the world wide web in their own time to better manage home, work and education schedules.
Success managers help students tailor coursework to meet their needs to more quickly obtain the credentials required to work in advanced manufacturing. Success Managers also provide personalized support to sustain students' momentum to completion.
The 'Catch 22' hurdle of experience
Without experience, you canâ€™t get a job; but without a job, you canâ€™t gain experience.Â By partnering closely with industry, the Alliance is able to place students with the appropriate qualifications in internships where they can obtain the experience they need to turn that internship into a full-time job.