Montgomery- Students interested in careers in the field of Advanced Manufacturing now have the opportunity to be trained in a new state- of -the art Advanced Manufacturing Training Center in Montgomery. On Thursday, January 19th, Trenholm State Community College and partner companies in the Alabama River Region FAME Chapter and industrial and technical education solutions provider Festo Didactic held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Advanced Manufacturing Training Center.
The Advanced Manufacturing Training Center houses eleven training sections that provide the ability to train students from introductory level manufacturing skills to highly advanced production, troubleshooting, and robotics competencies.
“With multiple units of equipment, our students enrolled in the FAME program, and Advanced Manufacturing program will be able to have hands-on lab experiences similar to those in the manufacturing fields. We hope that with the establishment of this training facility, additional manufacturing companies will see the great things happening at Trenholm State and become a member of the River Region FAME Chapter, “ Dr. Kemba Chambers, President of Trenholm State Community College.
“ The facility provides over $2 million dollars in equipment, allowing students to train on equipment comparable to that in the industry by laying a solid foundation for their skills and knowledge to make them successful in the workforce, “said Danny Perry, Dean of Career Technical Education| FAME Coordinator.
The Engineering Technologies Program at Trenholm State comprises seven programs: Advanced Manufacturing, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Electrical Technology, Industrial Systems, and Automation, Precision Machining, Robotics/Mechatronics, and Welding. These programs are designed to prepare individuals to work in many different areas within manufacturing. Training provided includes areas such as electricity, welding, robotics, mechatronics, production, safety, quality assurance, programmable logic controls, motor controls, blueprint reading, precision measurement and machining, hydraulics, pneumatics, pumps, troubleshooting, maintenance, and many other skills needed for modern day industrial operations roles. Due to the high demand for individuals in these programs, almost 100% of Trenholm State students are placed with a local company during their first or second semester of training.
“As technology advances, it continues to change the manufacturing industry for the better. These advances have created new manufacturing jobs requiring more technical ability and critical thinking. Trenholm State Community College’s brand-new state-of-the-art AMT training facility and the FAME program are precisely what our community needs! Our mission at Central Alabama Works! is to facilitate a system that provides businesses and industries with job seekers and students who have received the education and training that aligns with their needs throughout the region. It has been an honor working with Danny Perry and our industry partners to develop this outstanding facility and program,” said Amy Owens, Business and Industry Relations Manager with Central Alabama Works
Students interested in the program should visit www.trenholmstate.edu/fame to complete an interest form. The selection process for the next FAME cohort will begin in March of 2023.
Submitted by Trenholm State Community College
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