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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...
WASHINGTON, N.C. – One of the key outcomes made possible by the TAACCCT Grant was the purchase of a “virtual welder” for the Welding Technology program at Beaufort County Community College.  With virtual welders, students can practice their welding techniques “virtually” and receive instant feedback from their instructors without wasting expensive materials.  Because students and faculty found the results so impressive, a decision was made to expand the program around the acquisition of several additional virtual welders. Enter BCCC Grant Writer Sara Singleton and Duke Energy Executive Amy Strecker.  The result...
Local Journalist Reports on the New Face of Manufacturing at Surry Community College A reporter from the Elkin Tribune recently visited Surry Community College to discover the "new face of manufacturing."  Manufacturing is not dead; it just looks different. Students at Surry Community College are learning how to use engineering equipment to assist in advanced manufacturing processes. Since the college received the Department of Labor Advanced Manufacturing Grant, enrollment has doubled and students are finding great paying jobs with these new advanced skills. The article can be read in full in the Elkin Tribune ...

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NCAMA Student Working Hard     NCAMA student, Shelton Ray completed his program in Electrical Electronics at Edgecombe Community College this past August. As a result of his classroom training and outstanding work ethic, he landed a great job with ABB, Inc. in Pinetops, North Carolina. Shelton was an excellent student and came highly recommended by his instructor and department chair, Doug Parrish. Shelton did so well that Doug would call on him to help train other students. Shelton has never met a stranger and it didn't take him long to be one of our star students in the...
Computer-Integrated Machining Open House As a way to expose more departments on campus to our Advanced Manufacturing programs, the Computer-Integrated Machining program hosted an internal Open House to allow various departments on the Fayetteville Technical Community College campus the opportunity to view our program and new equipment. With the implementation of the NCAMA grant, our Computer-Integrated Machining program purchased popular brands of equipment and supplies such as Haas, GF Machining Solutions, Sharp, and Grainger which are currently used in industry.  New manual lathe and mill machines, CNC machines, a 3D printer, and tool cabinets, are...

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2014 In Review This recap of 2014 for the NC Advanced Manufacturing Alliance looks at just some of the highlights and successes it has had in the past 12 months, showcasing its industry partners, programs, students and staff.  2014 built on the success of previous years and the selection of posts included are a mix of some of the high points of the year.  Included in the review are stories recognizing Alliance instructors - without qualified instructors, quality training can't occur; industry partnering announcements and expansions; student successes; new courses and programs; and preparing...

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Mr. DeRay Cole Announces Retirement Mr. DeRay Cole, Project Manager for The North Carolina Advanced Manufacturing Alliance announced his retirement at the Project Coordinators' meeting on December 8, 2014.  His retirement will be effective January 1, 2015.  Mr. Cole has done an outstanding job leading this grant.  In the three years as Project Manager, the Alliance has achieved many of the Outcomes set forth by the Department of Labor.  Under Mr. Cole's leadership, the Alliance has established relationships with 148 industry partners.  Of these 148, 125 industry partners (84.46%) have interns or direct job placements with our...
Robeson Community College to Celebrate 50th Anniversary in 2015 For Robeson Community College, 2015 will be a year of celebration! To begin this yearlong celebration, members of the Student Government Association will participate in opening a time capsule that was sealed in 1965. This is scheduled to take place on January 15th. On March 15th, Robeson County residents will gather at the Southeastern Agricultural Center to reminisce the last 50 years.  Guest speakers will be Past Presidents Craig Allen, Fred Williams, Charles Chrestman and current President Pamela Hilbert.  The gathering is scheduled at the Agricultural Center because there is no space on...
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