DCCC to Host Week of Events to Raise Awareness in Advanced Manufacturing

April 1, 2013 – The Advanced Manufacturing Department at Davidson County Community College will host a week of events from April 8-13 as part of their participation in a statewide North Carolina Manufacturing Awareness Week. As part of the event, colleges from around the state will host activities to help raise awareness in advanced manufacturing to stimulate interest in a career in that field.

Among the week of events includes:

·         Advanced Manufacturing Week Kick-Off on April 8. The event, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. in the DCCC Conference Center, will bring together business and industry, as well as school and local officials. DCCC will partner with the High Performance Manufacturing Association (HPMA) to highlight new advanced manufacturing technologies with presentations and demonstrations of computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing; rapid 3D prototyping and low volume manufacturing; automated inspection and flexible robotics, and more. The event includes tours of DCCC’s state-of-the-art labs, which begin at 4:30 p.m., and a dinner as well. RSVP to Bridgett Roach at the Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce at broach@lexingtonchamber.net or 336-248-5929 by April 3 to attend the dinner; cost is $20.

·         DCCC Job Fair on April 9. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Brinkley Gym on the Davidson Campus. The job fair will bring together students, job seekers and businesses for career insight and opportunities, networking and more. The job fair will also host a workshop for attendees, presented by Joel Leonard, host and producer of SkillTV.net who has traveled the globe to elevate workforce performance. Leonard will present “Give Work a Chance.”

·         Plant tours on April 10-12. Several industries in the region will host plant tours for students who are enrolled in advanced manufacturing programs at DCCC. The tours will help demonstrate the important role manufacturing plays in local communities, and will give students a visual overview of opportunities in manufacturing that extends beyond the classroom.

·         DCCC Open House on April 13. The open house event will showcase all programs at DCCC. However, advanced manufacturing will be highlighted with lab tours and visual demonstrations by students currently enrolled in the program. The event will target high school students and their parents. DCCC faculty will be available to answer questions and provide insight on what the manufacturing sector has to offer. Following the tour, additional information and demonstrations will be held in the gymnasium.

“This week of events will provide a prime opportunity for the individuals in the community to explore and learn about programs that offer technical certificates, diplomas and degrees, as well as educational pathways that link high schools to the community college. The plant tours especially will help demonstrate the important role manufacturing plays in local communities, and will give students a visual overview of opportunities in manufacturing that extends beyond the classroom,” says Anissa Causey, project coordinator for the North Carolina Advanced Manufacturing Alliance at DCCC. “We encourage those who might have an interest in advanced manufacturing to visit some of the week’s activities. It’s a growing industry that has the potential to offer many career opportunities.”

For more information about the week of events at DCCC and around the state, visit http://www.ctpnc.org/manufacturing/.

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully-accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. It is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations, and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College on the Web at davidsonccc.edu.