As Surry Community College (SCC) enhances and expands its engineering technology programs, it improves with the support of local employers.

Surry Community College is partnering with nine other community colleges and dozens of area industries to form the North Carolina Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (NCAMA).  The partnership is focused on creating high-quality training and educational programs designed to prepare students for current job openings. 

All of SCCs engineering technology programs, including machining, are benefiting from the collaborative effort.  The partnership pooled its expertise and resources to obtain a U.S. DOL grant.  Surry Community College is receiving $1.7 million to build and expand innovative programs to provide workers with the skills and credentials they need for todays advanced manufacturing economy.

The grant will be used to purchase cutting-edge equipment, hire new instructors, offer more class sessions, and coordinate programs to match the certification needs of employers.  The alliance is collaborating with Apple Inc. to provide full-time students with a tablet computer to use for class assignments.

NCAMA colleges are designing and delivering online learning materials for specific programs.  This will make course content more accessible and schedules more flexible for busy students.  Lectures, training simulations, and course information for many programs will be available for free on iTunes U

Many local manufacturing companies are looking to hire trained machinists, and the Advanced Manufacturing Alliance will assist in this process through internship and job placement programs for SCC graduates amd suitably accredited students.

Jason Randall, department chair, Engineering Technologies at Surry Community College talks about Advanced Manufacturing at the College in a video.