Nash Community College officials have planned a week of awareness in partnership with the Nash-Rocky Mount Public School System, local manufacturing companies and community leaders to ensure the promotion of future advanced manufacturing career opportunities to young students beginning Monday as part of Advanced Manufacturing Week.
Efforts to bring awareness to the need and demand for workers will create the pipeline of employees needed in the future to continue to support advanced manufacturing in North Carolina as it is projected to grow.
NCC offers degrees, certifications and diplomas in advanced manufacturing fields such as computer-integrated machining, electronics engineering technology, tire manufacturing, welding, pharmaceutical manufacturing and other engineering and manufacturing technology disciplines preparing students through career training and industry partnerships.
Although Advanced Manufacturing Week is celebrated annually, Nash Community College exposes local students to the industry and careers in the field year-round. Last October, NCC hosted successful events such as the Industrial and Advanced Manufacturing Academy Parent Night with more than 125 participants and the Career and Technical Education, which had 1,000 attendees including parents and students. In November, NCC presented information about exciting advanced manufacturing careers to 1,400 middle school and high school CTE students. This year, the college has offered parent and school staff awareness sessions to promote the Industrial and Advanced Manufacturing Academy.
To celebrate Advanced Manufacturing Week, NCC has coordinated events in the Nash-Rocky Mount area. At the first event on Monday, Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Industrial & Advanced Manufacturing Academy students will tour Cummins-Rocky Mount Engine Plant, one of Nash County’s largest employers. Students will observe high-tech manufacturing and interact with various department leaders. They also will learn about the Cummins Work Study Scholarship Program, an initiative providing scholarship opportunities for students as they work part-time and attend Nash Community College to pursue their Associate’s Degree in Computer-Integrated Machining, Electrical Systems Technology or Industrial Systems Technology.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, Nash-Rocky Mount Industrial & Advanced Manufacturing Academy welding students and Nash Community College welding students will tour Edwards Inc. in Spring Hope to observe how various welding techniques and fabrication skills are applied in the field of industrial services.
Through the Industrial and Advanced Manufacturing Academy at Nash Community College, high school students can fast-track into careers by completing as many as 19 hours of college credit during high school. With the academy, offered through support of the N.C. Advanced Manufacturing Alliance, students explore highly employable career pathway options in fields offering competitive salaries.
For more information, contact NCC Recruiter Elizabeth Wall at firstname.lastname@example.org or 252-451-8206.