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Student Participates in National NSF Conference

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Ian Munsell of Auburn, a high honors student in the Precision Machining Technology (PMT) program, recently participated in a National Science Foundation (NSF) conference in Washington, D.C. Munsell was one of only 50 students who received a scholarship to attend the conference, which was titled “Developing Leaders, Broadening Impact.” He prepared and staffed a display related to CMCC’s RAMP (Regional Advanced Machining Partnership) project, which is funded by NSF. He also attended the student recognition breakfast where he was presented with an award. Attending with Munsell were Devin Watson, . . .

New Advanced Certificate in Precision Machining

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Precision Machining Technology program is pleased to offer an advanced certificate program. This new program includes advanced machining theories and applications required to set up and run multi-axis computer numeric control (CNC) equipment. Programming, set-up, and operations of four-axis vertical and horizontal milling centers, five-axis vertical milling centers, and live tooling lathes will be covered. Three courses will be offered in the fall semester, two of which, Introduction to Solid Works (PMT 270-51) and Advanced Cutting Tools (PMT 274-51) will be delivered completely online. Ad . . .

CMCC Announces Regional Advanced Machining Partnership

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Faculty and students in the precision machining technology program at CMCC will soon be “ramping up” their efforts to address the growing need for an advanced machining workforce. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced that Central Maine Community College (CMCC) has been awarded a major grant of almost $900,000 to fund the Regional Advanced Machining Partnership, or RAMP. “I am particularly proud that of America’s 1,300 community colleges, CMCC was selected to lead this project,” said Dr. Scott Knapp, president of the College. The goal of this Advanced Technological Edu . . .

Advancing the Manufacturing Workforce through Collaboration

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Three projects in New England funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) address the need for highly skilled workers in the manufacturing workplace: the Virtual Ideation Platform (VIP), the Regional Advanced Machining Partnership (RAMP) and the Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing (RCNGM). These projects provide resources to educators and students interested in learning new technologies in manufacturing and program design.

The Virtual Ideation Platform (VIP) operated by immersing students in a virtual product design environment that enabled them to collaborate and b . . .

U.S. Manufacturing: The World's Third Largest Economy

Technical Education Magazine
Friday, March 22, 2013 1 comment

U.S. Manufacturing: The World's Third Largest Economy Author: Greg Galdabini During the recent recession, many observers wrote American manufacturing's obituary, claiming that it could no longer be a world leader because of intense competition from low-cost competitors. As ESPN College Gameday host Lee Corso is apt to say, "Not so fast, my friend." The U.S. manufacturing sector generates $1.7 trillion in value each year—equivalent to nearly 12% of GDP. It supports over 17 million U.S. jobs. About 12 million Americans—or 9% of the workforce—are directly employed in the manufacturing indust . . .

Three million open jobs in the U.S., but who's qualified?

60 Minutes Broadcast - November 11, 2012 - CBS News
Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Millions of jobs are waiting to be filled, but employers say they can't find qualified workers because of "the skills gap"

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