Join us on May 1st for Advanced Manufacturing Education Day


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On May 1st, CCAM will be hosting its next research day focused on: “Education Day: What is Working in Manufacturing Education.”  CCAM will be co-hosting this event with John Tyler Community College (JTCC).  JTCC and CCAM will bring speakers and panelists from education, industry and government to discuss best practices and the creation of a sustainable pipeline of production ready workers.


9:00 AM         Megan Healy, Chief Workforce Development Advisor at Office of Governor Ralph Northam

9:30 AM            CCAM Announcements

10:00 AM         Speaker: Denise Ball, Workforce Development Specialist, Tooling U-SMETopic: Taking a Different Road: How education providers and companies are getting creative and traveling new paths to fill the skills gap

10:30 AM          Break

10:50 AM          Speaker: Steven Dimmett, Associate Principal, Chesterfield Career and Technical Center (CCTC) Topic: Business-Education-Government Partnerships

11:20 AM           Speaker: Troy Simpson, Director of Advanced Manufacturing, Institute for Advanced Learning and Research Topic: Workforce Pipeline Solution with the Power to Transform

11:50 AM          Tour & Lunch

1:05 PM             Panel: This Panel will highlight workforce initiatives from four of the institutes and discuss:

• How innovation impacts the current and future workforce

• The value of these public-private partnerships and their importance to the workforce eco-system

• How companies can connect to the institutes’ network to enhance their current and future workforce needs

2:35 PM             Break

2:50 PM             Speaker: Regina D. McLean, Academic supervisor, The Apprentice School at Newport News ShipbuildingTopic: The Making of My Journey: Dispelling the Dirty Word-Apprenticeship 

3:20 PM             Speaker: Dr. Laine Mears, Professor & BMW SmartState Chair of Automotive Manufacturing, Clemson University Department of Automotive Engineering & Dr. Paris Stringfellow, Operations Director, Center for Advanced Manufacturing at Clemson UniversityTopic: Driving Toward a New Model for Automotive Manufacturing Education

3:50 PM             Closing remarks

4:00 PM             Reception

Over the course of the last eighteen (18) months, CCAM has held a series of well attended Research Days here at our Prince George County research facility.  CCAM has held research days on additive manufacturing, automation and machining.  These events have been well attended with an average of 125+ attendees drawn from members, potential members, federal agencies and research-based universities.

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