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Congratulations! For two years running, R J Reynolds America (RJR) has recruited Davidson County Community College's Electronic Engineering Technology graduates. RJR is now also reaching out to first year students as well. Success with the 2014 graduates that were hired has RJR stepping up its recruiting efforts before graduation. It is offering signing bonuses and starting salaries significantly in excess of the national average of $57,850. The demand has encouraged the college to look into other affiliated engineering programs, such as Applied Engineering Technology(AET). Congratulations to Lee Barber and Tyler Wray who...
Yadkin Valley Regional Career Academy comes to DCCC Yadkin Valley Regional Career Academy students visited Davidson County Community College and sat in on Computer Integrated Machining and Electronic Engineering classes to get a first hand experience of what the subject matter is about.  The high school students were given a tour by faculty members in both programs. They also visited the labs and were able to watch students work on class projects.  Davidson County Community College (DCCC) students and faculty took time out for a Q & A session as well as a little hands-on activity with the high school...
A-B Tech receives Workforce Development Award Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College has been recognized by its peers for the advanced manufacturing training it is providing to GE Aviation.  AB Tech received the Workforce Development Award from the Community Colleges of Appalachia.  The Community Colleges of Applachia is an association of 39 public community colleges from Mississippi to New York.  The association serves the common interests of member colleges and their communities through programs and services responsive to the unique cultural, geographic, and economic development challenges facing the Appalachian region.  AB Tech won the award for it's collaboration and...
Summer cycling charity adventure for tech graduate While some recent college graduates will start looking for a job or take a well-deserved rest this summer, Beaufort County Community College graduate Joey Mayo will spend his summer biking literally from sea to shining sea as part of a program to help build affordable homes. Mayo is a student in the Mechanical Engineering Technology Program and earned an associate’s degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology in May. He was the BCCC nominee for the Robert W. Scott Leadership Award and a recipient of a citation as one of BCCC’s Best for...
TE Connectivity creates more jobs in Buncombe County Buncombe County Board of Commissioners has voted unanimously to provide an economic incentive to TE Connectivity after it created 40 new jobs at its Fairview, NC facility.  TE Connectivity is a global technology company making products that provide connectivity solutions for an increasingly connected world. The $37, 418 taxpayer funded incentive by the county was granted based on a 2013 assistance request when the company was planning a $1,68 million expansion.  Their NC plant in Fairview produces aerospace electronics and marine parts, some of which are used in military equipment.  The Citizen-Times...
A-B Tech students continue to benefit from local expansion A-B Tech students continue to benefit from local expansions.  Earlier this month, AVL Technologies was awarded a $300 thousand grant to expand by adding a new 40,000 square foot structure.  The new structure will enable the creation of 90 new jobs, with an average wage of $40,000.  The grant will be paid to AVL Technologies over five years.  The new facility will be over the road from the company's current headquarters and construction should begin in July 2015.  The funding will be used for machinery and advanced manufacturing equipment for the company. ...
Advanced Manufacturing Speed Networking at FTCC Speed Networking has been around for nearly a decade. The idea originated from the concept of speed dating. However, instead of meeting people for a potential love connection, people participating in Speed networking meet to network with different businesses. Fayetteville Technical Community College hosted its first Advanced Manufacturing Speed Networking event during Manufacturing Awareness Week in last month. The event allowed Advanced Manufacturing students and Industry employers to interact in a series of brief small group information exchanges.  Industry partners such as Caterpillar, Inc., Mann + Hummel, Inc., and Boon Edam,...
Asbury Carbons selects Robeson County for new facility Governor McCrory announced on 18 May that Asbury Carbons would locate it's new facility in Robeson County, NC.  The move will create 25 new jobs during the next three years and see the company invest more than $8 million in Lumberton.  The governor made the announcement along with NC Commerce Secretary John Skvarla and the Economic Development Partnership of NC.  He said that a factor that had led Asbury Carbons to choosing North Carolina was because of its access to both rail and ports, particularly in Robeson County. The company has an...
Edgecombe Community College 2015 Graduates What a great day! Everyone in the Edgecombe Community College Advanced Manufacturing Center would like to congratulate our 2015 NCAMA program graduates - Students completing Manufacturing Technology Associate Degrees: John Hunt and Judy Kinnin; Electrical/Electronics Diploma: G. Shelton Ray; Electrical Systems Technology Diplomas: Donshea Bethea, Bruce Wayne Hinton, and Christopher Warren; and Facility Maintenance Worker Diplomas: Roy L. Dunn, James J. Kerekanich, and Dan E. Stroud.  We are very proud of your accomplishments!             Picture 1: -L-R Doug Parrish, Industrial/Technical Trades Department Chair, Christopher Warren, Electrical Systems...
Haywood Community College Graduate Haywood Community College celebrated graduation on May 8th, 2015. While we are so proud of all of our graduates for their hard work and dedication, we are especially proud of Computer Integrated Machining instructor Doug Cabe. Doug has a wealth of industry experience and was promoted to Lead Instructor in the fall of 2014. Doug received his AAS degree this May. He will be the first to tell you, it took a lot of grit to finish his degree. He is an encouragement to all of our past, present and future students....
NCAMA Student Nominated for Academic Excellence Award When Vincent Cooper walks across the stage later this month, it will be the second time.  This time he earned his AAS in Electronics Engineering Technology.  Last May he earned his AAS in Electrical Engineering Technology.  And yes, he’s already enrolled for the Fall2015 semester to begin work on his AAS in Mechanical Engineering Technology!  Adding to this year’s accomplishments is the fact that Vincent was nominated for BCCC’s prestigious Academic Excellence Award.  All of this while working full time on the midnight shift as a technician for Voice of America,...
NCAMA Student Nominated for Prestigious Award Joey Mayo graduates from Beaufort County Community College later this month with his Associate in Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology.  He will also enjoy the pride associated with his nomination for the Robert W. Scott Leadership Award, statewide.Joey worked full time as a machinist for ASMOGreenville NC during his last two semesters, and will have the option of staying with ASMO in a permanent job should he choose to do so.  In the meantime, Joey has been “called” to a mission that begins shortly after graduation.That mission is to join...

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A-B Tech Academic Awards Ceremony A-B Tech honored its top students in each program at a ceremony held in the Ferguson Auditorium on February 14, 2015.  From the Division of Engineering and Applied Technology, the following students were recognized for their outstanding achievements. Civil Engineering Technology- Erik T. Ballantyne Computer-Aided Drafting Technology- Philip S. Dorsey, Sr. Computer Engineering technology- Keith A. Hallowell Computer-Integrated Machining- John F. Tannehill Construction Management Technology and Building Science- Gabriel M. Elash Electrical Systems Technology-Ronnie Rager Electronics Engineering Technology- Shannon E. Wood Geomatics Technology- Natalie J. Boone Industrial Systems Technology- Evan W....

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NC Adv Mfg and STEM Week Awareness       Blog picture: First ECC STEMley Cup winners, West Edgecombe Middle School! Pictured above left to right: 1) Alex Derby aboard the NCBioNetwork STEM Bus operating robotic arm; 2) Ralph Emerson and Mark Striemer talking to a Tarboro High School student and his mom about the Work Study Scholarship Program at Cummins RMEP at ECC Mfg. Open House; 3) Doug Parrish with ECPS middle school student bending/cutting conduit during activity rotations on STEM Day; 4) Electrical Systems student Chris Warren doing a hands-on motor controls wiring with ECPS middle school students during...
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Surry Community College Celebrates Advanced Manufacturing Day - April 14th At least 170 people participated in Manufacturing Awareness Week events at Surry Community College this past week. Students from two local schools visited the campus and learned about advanced manufacturing and the growing role robotics plays.  Visitors discovered how advanced manufacturing differs from the types of jobs that were outsourced to low-wage, low-skilled workers abroad.   The Mount Airy News provided great coverage of SCC's Advanced Manufacturing Day. Read the article here: Mount Airy News  ...
Sanderson Farms announces expansion in Robeson County, bringing 1100 Jobs On Thursday, March 12, 2015, Governor Pat McCrory announced that Sanderson Farms, Inc. will construct a new state-of-the-art poultry complex in Robeson County.  This new complex, consisting of a processing plant and hatchery, will create approximately 1,100 jobs over the next three years.  With an expected $139 million investment, Sanderson Farms, Inc. expects to break ground this summer and being operation in 2016.  The company will hire supervisors, maintenance technicians and line operators with an average annual payroll of $28 million.  Sanderson Farms, Inc. is headquartered in Laurel, Mississippi.  It is...

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Students Tour Eaton Electric Graduates from the recent Fundamentals of Automated Machining class had the opportunity to tour Eaton Electrical Group in Arden, NC.  This facility has approximately 400,000 square feet and employs over 1,000 employees.   At the Arden facility, Eaton builds various electrical distribution equipment such as LVA Switchgear, MV Controls and Drives, Automatic Transfer Switches, Power Factor Control and most recently, Electrical Car Charger's.  Eaton is a long standing industry partner with A-B Tech recognizing the value an educational institution can provide in filling that need for a skilled workforce....
New Dean for Business and Industry at Haywood Community College Douglas Long has accepted the position of Dean for Business and Industry with Haywood Community College. Mr. Long has been serving at the NCCCS Office as the Career and Technical Education Coordinator since 2000. He brings extensive Career Technical Education professional experience to the table along with an MA in English Composition and Literature. He has authored many successful grants from organizations including Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, USAID, Golden Leaf, and others. He has also managed and implemented the State Board Reserve Funds that were awarded to colleges through competitive grants....
FTCC Heating and Air Promotional Video Fayetteville Tech’s Media Services department always does a wonderful job of creating promotional videos for the college.  The videos always look amazing, encouraging inquiries about our programs. One of their recent promotion videos is for our A/C, Heating and Refrigeration Technology (HVAC) program. The HVAC program is a participant of the NCAMA grant as well as our Welding and Computer-Integrated Machining programs.  To look at our HVAC promotional video, click here. ...

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Keihin Hires NCAMA Student Intern Edgecombe Community College closing technical skills gaps one student at a time. Classroom work and internship is a win-win for ECC student, Chris Owens and Keihin Carolina System Technology in Tarboro, North Carolina. In January, Keihin hired Owens in a full time a maintenance technical staff position. Read the full story and more about ECC interns here: “ECC and Keihin Growing Local Workforce through Internship Program” http://www.edgecombe.edu/resources/news-and-events/1568-ecc-and-keihin-growing-local-workforce-through-internship-program...
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