Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Selects CCAM Education/Workforce Project from First Project Call

Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) has announced the selection of 6 education/workforce development projects resulting from ARM’s first formal project call announced in October 2017, including the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM). These projects have been selected for funding and will kick-off in the coming months, pending final contract negotiations.

ARM is the leading catalyst of robotics innovation and expertise, accelerating growth in U.S.-based manufacturing and high value careers. Founded in January 2017 by Carnegie Mellon University, and now operating as a separate non-profit member collaborative, ARM is a Manufacturing USA Institute.

ARM’s first Education/Workforce Development Project Call focused on the creation of sustainable apprenticeship programs that respond to specific needs of small and medium manufacturers (SMMs) in robotics and automation. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Clemson University, the Robotics Academy (Carnegie Mellon University), University of Connecticut, Catalyst Connection, and CCAM were chosen.

ARM has selected CCAM to introduce an Apprenticeship Academy Mechatronics Program Robotics Certification. This $250,000 project in partnership with Old Dominion University (ODU) will create a Robotics curriculum to help train the next generation of advanced manufacturing’s workforce.

“CCAM is honored to have been selected by ARM,” says Jaime Camelio CCAM’s Chief Technology Officer. “We are fortunate to share this effort with our member University, ODU.”

“We believe that the selected apprenticeship projects will actively address critical gaps in the manufacturing workforce,” notes Rebecca Hartley, ARM Chief Workforce Officer.  “These programs will catalyze engaging, high-value careers in manufacturing while emphasizing the importance of lifelong, active learning for continued career success.”

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CCAM’s mission is to solve advanced manufacturing challenges. CCAM provides a resourceful and IP friendly collaborative environment to create solutions for complex advanced manufacturing challenges.  CCAM is the center of an ecosystem where academia, government, and industry partner together to create real economic value. CCAM plays an active role in the development of the most talented manufacturing workforce providing a substantial and diverse educational pathway. CCAM is located in a state-of-the-art research facility in Prince George County, Virginia. For more information, visit:

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