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As we look forward to all the good things a new year can bring, we are delighted to have continued growth in our community.  This will bring the potential for many new jobs for our students in both the curriculum and continuing education programs. http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2014/11/18/car-parts-maker-gets-taxpayer-money/19245717/...

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Davidson County Community College received national accreditation from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills Inc. (NIMS).   NIMS accreditation allows DCCC students enrolled in Computer-Integrated Machining, Industrial Systems Technology and Welding Technology programs the opportunity to pursue NIMS credentials. The National Institute for Metalworking Skills offers 52 metalworking credentials and is the highest benchmark for metalworking training programs in the United States. “Local manufacturers have a strong desire to hire students who graduate from accredited programs,” says Rodney Jackson, dean, School of Business, Engineering and Technical Studies. “It is our responsibility...
Spotlight on Edgecombe Community College NCAMA Student Interns Spotlight on Edgecombe Community College NC Advance Manufacturing Alliance interns placed at Keihin Carolina System Technology facility in Tarboro.  Christopher Owens and Kaitlyn Phillips are gaining valuable industry experience while working toward their educational goals. Chris is enrolled in Manufacturing Technology and Kaitlyn is in the Electrical Systems program. Both Chris and Kaitlyn are doing well in the Engineering Department at Keihin Carolina System Technology as Test Interns, according to their intern supervisor who continues to encourage them to “keep up the good work.” The ECC students have expressed their appreciation on...
Dedication of A-B Tech's Composites Training Center of Excellence AB Tech celebrated the dedication of its Composites Training Center of Excellence on Thursday, November 6th.  This center is a key element supporting GE Aviation's expansion in Buncombe County.  To meet the exacting specialized training required by GE, AB Tech obtained funding from Golden Leaf Foundation and the NC Community College System enabling the new center to be the hub of advanced manufacturing composites training in western North Carolina.  Local news TV Channel WLOS carried a story about the dedication of the Center.  There are additional posts about the partnership between AB Tech and...
A-B Tech graduate honored with Governor's Award Although we probably don't communicate often enough about the many wonderful benefits partnerships offer, along comes yet another great success story providing proof of the increasing need to maintain and grow partnerships and community alliances.  At the 2014 NC Works Workforce Development Partnership Conference, A-B Tech graduate and current student (returned for second degree), Brian Mitchell was honored as the 2014 Governor's Award recipient: Outstanding Workforce Development Adult!  Brian has worked with and was nominated by his Case Manager/Skills Team Member at the NC Works Career Center, Asheville.  Brian's successes involved collaboration and partnering with...

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NCAMA Newsletter for September and October September and October were bumper months for Advanced Manufacturing Alliance community colleges.  A-B Tech added a new aerospace course, several companies went through expansions and were hiring college students and graduates and asking for interns and Haywood Community College's electronics engineering technology instructor was invited to join the World Maker Faire Teacher Team. October saw National Manufacturing Day being celebrated and several colleges partnered with industry and local schools to showcase their advanced manufacturing programs and educate attendees to these events on what advanced manufacturing is and the careers it offers. ...
Linamar announces next hiring phase for Arden plant Linamar announced that it was expanding operations at its Buncombe County manufacturing facility, creating 150 new jobs.  Linamar is an NCAMA industry partner served by A-B Tech, which has been providing specialized training for the company for the life of the grant.  NC Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker said that the company would be investing about $115 million in the county.  Linamar is based in Guelph, Ontario and is a world-class designer and manufacturer of components and systems for the automotive and commercial vehicle industry, the energy sector and of mobile industrial...
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 announces 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! ...