Piedmont Manufacturing Association Sheds Light On Specialized Programs Available at DCCC

July 11, 2012 – The Piedmont Area High Performance Manufacturing Association is a positive sign that things are looking up – and even recovering – in manufacturing in this area. And Davidson County Community College is on the forefront of this effort, thanks to its substantial investment in specialized programs offered at the school – which ultimately lead to careers at local manufacturing companies.

The HPMA is a collection of companies, educators, business and government groups with the common goal of helping manufacturing businesses in the Piedmont Triad to grow and prosper. The group meets monthly at various locations around the Triad – including Lexington, Thomasville, Greensboro and High Point.

At the group’s most recent meeting, which was held on the DCCC campus, folks involved with the HPMA had the opportunity to see just how much the programs are growing at the college.

“The HPMA has provided an opportunity to showcase the new advanced manufacturing training capacity at DCCC,” says Jim Donnelly, dean of the School of Education and Workforce Development and Entrepreneurship. “The relationships we build with regional manufacturing will strengthen participation in our advanced manufacturing advisory committees, and thus make our programs more relevant.”

Another added benefit, Donnelly says, is that because of this relationship with the HPMA, he anticipates not only additional educational and internship opportunities for students, but also increased continuing education opportunities for the college in support of area manufacturers.

“Increasing the health of the manufacturing base in our service area will increase community prosperity, which should be good for the college,” Donnelly says. “At the same time, the growth in the workforce will increase demand for our graduates.”

An increase in demand for graduates will certainly mean an increase in demand for advanced manufacturing programs available at DCCC. Programs such as Computer Integrated Machining, Electronics Engineering Technology, Industrial Drafting and Design, Industrial Systems Technology, Global Logistics and Welding, are growing at the college; in fact, DCCC is one of the leaders in offering these programs.

“There is a perceived notion that manufacturing jobs have gone away; manufacturing has a bad reputation,” Donnelly says.

In reality, though, there are many opportunities – and the opportunities are even growing in the Piedmont Triad. “There really is a high demand for workers to fill these advanced manufacturing jobs; the region needs these highly-skilled workers – we need to increase the pipeline of these skills to meet company demands.”

Advanced manufacturing programs are some of the many areas of study available at DCCC. Students interested in learning more about this and other programs at DCCC can learn more by visiting davidsonccc.edu. General enrollment deadline for fall 2012 programs at DCCC is Aug. 1. For more information about enrollment, visit davidsonccc.edu/admissions.


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 will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2013. 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.