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Goldie, The Newest Pioneer For Women in STEM Women in Technology is always a hot topic and the Advanced Manufacturing Alliance has taken heed. At our college, building that pipeline is ever present in conversation and steps have been taken towards reaching women and recruiting them for training for a career in this sector.  In an article published by a manufacturing.net on their website, it provides statistics on the gender disparity in STEM career paths as follows from the 2011 census.  In the data, women make up: 47% of the mathematical workers 5% of computer science workers 41% of...

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Advanced Manufacturing Day at SCC Surry Community College's Advanced Manufacturing department celebrated national Manufacturing Day on October 2nd by showcasing the department and some of the training that takes place.  Students from the High School toured the department and had an opportunity to learn more about the high-tech nature of advanced manufacturing.  It also provided the opportunity to build stronger ties between the department and teachers so that they could better guide students who might be interested in a STEM career in the growing industry sector.   The local press covered the day's events and the...
SCC President Speaks to Trustees about Advanced Manufacturing Needs A difficulty students and those retraining for a career in this sector face is the Catch 22 of lack of advanced manufacturing experience: without experience you can't get a job and without a job you can't gain experience.  As a consequence, an important part of the approach by the NC Advanced Manufacturing Alliance from its inception has been working with industry partners to place advanced manufacturing students in internships which provide a low-risk mechanism for companies to gauge the specialized training the student possesses.  With exposure to the quality of the...
FTCC's Advanced Manufacturing program partners with Boon Edam, Inc. Boon Edam, Inc. has recently partnered with FTCC’s Advanced Manufacturing program with the goal of promoting advanced manufacturing and employing more individuals into the industry. Boon Edam, Inc.  is a global market leader with over 140 years of experience in engineering quality entry solutions.  They specialize in managing the movement of people through points of entry.  If you have passed through revolving doors at a hospital or a tripod turnstile at an airport security entrance, more than likely you were using a product of Boon Edam.  Office buildings, airports, healthcare facilities, hotels...
Second Cohort completes BCCC's CPT Training The second cohort of Certified Production Technician students received their certifications at a ceremony held recently on the Beaufort County Community College campus, marking their completion in the program. The Certified Production Technician coursework involves training recognized by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council in four critical production areas - Safety, Quality and Continuous Improvement, Manufacturing Processes and Production and Maintenance Awareness. Students also earn a Career Readiness Certification, a nationally-recognized credential that verifies to an employer their skills in the areas of Reading for Information, Applied Math and Locating Information. The...

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Student Spotlight: Eric Johnson Eric Johnson is one of our recent graduates from our Welding Technology program. Between working as a welder, an instructor, pursuing a second degree, and being a family man, Johnson took a moment from his hectic schedule to chat with us.   Tell us about yourself  I was born and raised in Kansas. Soon after high school I joined the U.S. Army which is what landed me here in North Carolina. I served 5 years in the 82nd Airborne as an Infantryman. While serving in the Army I met my beautiful...
Eighth Grade Fair Introduces Students to College and Career Options Eighth-graders from middle schools across Davidson and Davie counties now know they can earn college credits while in high school and are more aware of potential future career choices after attending Davidson County Community College’s annual Eighth Grade Fair held Tuesday and Wednesday on the college campus. The 2,350 rising ninth-graders have information about the Career and College Promise dual enrollment program that allows students to enroll in college courses while in high school. A variety of career and technical education pathways are offered, including pathways for all of DCCC's advanced...
DCCC Hosts Hiring Event for Atrium Windows and Doors Davidson County Community College, in partnership with DavidsonWorks and Atrium Windows and Doors, hosted a fall hiring event from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 23 in the Mary E. Rittling Conference Center on the Davidson Campus. Atrium Windows and Doors, Davidson County’s largest private employer, seeks to fill more than 50 positions at its manufacturing facilities in Welcome and Greensboro. Open positions include production supervisors, customer service representatives, maintenance technicians and multiple positions in Assembly and Shipping and Receiving. First-, second- and third-shift opportunities are available for a variety...

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Manufacturing Day recognized by local media Edgecombe Community College celebrated National Manufacturing day on 2 October with many of its industry partners and wrote a News & Updates post earlier this month.  Media are recognizing the changing nature of manufacturing and how manufacturing in 2014 is different to the industry sector that shed so many jobs abroad.  Today, advanced manufacturing relies on an educated workforce with specialized skills capable of operating the digital interfaces running robotics systems to manufacture products.  Tarboro Weekly carried a lengthy article about the College's Open House along with pictures from STEM lab and...
Edgecombe Community College Celebrated National Manufacturing Day! Edgecombe Community College celebrated National Manufacturing Day by hosting a Manufacturing Open House on October 2nd. Local industries partnered in the celebration (ABB, Inc. Cummins –STEP program, Keihin Carolina System Technology, PowerCat, and Superior Essex) and talked with attendees about careers and their facilities. Prospective students and the community learned about NC Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (NCAMA) programs, and ECC’s manufacturing lab featured robotics and electronics/PLCs.  East Carolina University, Department of Technology Systems, Director, Amy Frank was also on hand to talk to current students interested in transferring and pursuing a four-year degree.  ...
A-B Tech announced composites class A-B Tech's Economic and Workforce Development/Continuing Education department has announced an "Introduction to Aerospace Composites" class as a new addition to its advanced manufacturing training.  The new course introduces students to the manufacturing process and use of today's aerospace composites. Composites are used extensively in aircraft as well as automobile, marine and motorcycle manufacturing. The course provides students with hands-on experience in cutting and laying out composite material. It also covers shop math used in aerospace manufacturing, precision measuring equipment, assembly blueprint reading, automated ply cutting, vacuum bagging techniques and how...

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Advanced Manufacturing Day For Advanced Manufacturing Day A-B Tech has several student groups participating in plant tours: 1)  On Thursday, October 2, both our first year and second year welding students who have welding courses that morning will be touring Laser Precision Cutting in Weaverville, NC. 2)  On Friday, October 3, our Air Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration students will be touring Thermo Fisher that morning in Weaverville, NC. 3) On Friday, October 3, our second year machining students in the EDM class and our mechanical Engineering students in plastics class will be touring Atlas Precision in Arden,...
First Student to receive the NIMS Certification at HCC George Shipman, 2nd year Computer Integrated Machining Student, received his National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certification last month. He is the first student to complete the Measuring, Materials and Safety Level 1 certification.  George also spent the summer helping our machining instructor complete the National Institute for Metalworking Skills Self-Study Kit to move HCC closer to our NIMS accreditation . We are very proud of George! ...
Fayetteville Tech is the recipient of  Tooling U-SME Platinum Education Center designation Caption: Andy Lowry, instructor, and Gary Smith, Program Coordinator for the Computer Integrated Machining program. Fayetteville Technical Community College has been selected to receive a Tooling U-SME Platinum Education Center (TUPEC) designation.  This acclaimed award is presented to educational facilities that serve as models in the manufacturing industry when it comes to developing an outstanding learning culture. Since 2012, Tooling U-SME has recognized exceptional schools that are helping build a robust pipeline of skilled manufacturing workers here in the U.S., and Fayetteville Technical Community College was added to this list of exemplary...
NCAMA Partner Receives Six Sigma through BCCC's Customized Training Four employees of P & G Manufacturing’s Washington plant recently completed Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certifica­tion coordinated by Business and Industry Services at Beaufort County Community College and East Carolina University. Topics covered throughout the course included processes for improvement, process mapping and value stream map­ping, control systems, theory of constraints and basic statisti­cal tools, among other topics.  Six Sigma is a set of techniques and strategies for improv­ing manufacturing processes developed by Motorola in 1985. The students from P & G Manufacturing developed projects that not only saved P...
Jacob Holm Industries Hiring for Expansion Project in Buncombe County Jacob Holm Industries, a global manufacturer of nonwoven products and an NCAMA industry partner, is currently well on their way toward completion of their $45.9 million expansion project.  Drive by the Jacob Holm facility located in Candler, NC and the results of the expansion are visible from the road, as the new Line 6 begins to take shape. Offering high-quality products for the personal care, home care, hygiene, packaging and industrial markets, Jacob Holm’s additional production line is planned to start commercial production in the first quarter of 2015. This is...
A message from President Barbara Tansey...Open House at BCCC You Fit Here! Come Take a Look! We’ve been eastern North Carolina neighbors for nearly 50 years, but you may not know how you might fit into the BCCC community. . .so we’re opening our doors for a big Open House event on Thursday, October 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. Whether you’re making plans for college, wanting to upgrade your job skills or looking for a new hobby or interest, you’ll fit in at BCCC. During our Open House, you’ll be able to meet faculty, staff and current students in...
Advanced manufacturing students have a new tool Enrollment in engineering programs at Nash Community College has consistently increased over the last several years, and the 2014 fall semester is no exception. In order to help students reach their potential, the engineering department at NCC is proud to announce the opening of The Engineering Hub. The “Hub” is a tutoring center and open lab for advanced manufacturing students that want, or need, additional help with their coursework. Faculty members work one-on-one with students, providing them an opportunity to ask questions and receive personal assistance with lab assignments. It officially...
HCC Instructor Invited to World Maker Faire Electronics Engineering Technology instructor, Farhan Farhan, has been selected to be on the Maker Faire Teacher Team for the World Maker Faire located in New York on September 20-21st.  Farhan will be leading hands-on activities for students and participants at the World Maker Faire. Maker Faires are designed for all ages and can include anyone from tech enthusiasts, engineers, artist, hobbyists, and many more. The Faires are designed for people to share what they are creating with the public. It's an open-source for inventors!  Farhan will be collaborating with EET teachers...
Internship for FTCC Computer-Integrated Machining Students Machining students, Lenay Huskey and Graham Nygaard started their internship with Ruhl Tech Engineering this month.  Through the NCAMA program, Ruhl Tech Engineering has agreed to partner with FTCC to provide internship opportunities for our advanced manufacturing students. Partnerships like this help build a better line of networking and communication between industry and community colleges. It gives industry a chance to “test drive” our students, see if this is what they desire in future in employees and it also allows industry to give feedback to the college about technical and soft...