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NACC Machine Tool Program Receives Grant—Scholarships Are Available

Northeast Alabama Community College recently received a $25,000 grant from the Gene Haas Foundation to support scholarships for the Machine Tool Technology (MTT) program. The check was presented to MTT program instructor, Hugo DeAngelis at the 2016 Haas Automation, Inc. Manufacturing Day event, held at the Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Alabama. While at the event, students were able to meet with potential employers and attend demonstrations of newly released equipment.

The deadline to apply is December 1 by 4:30 pm

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Alabama RTP to host Two Student Robotic Welding Competitions in December

In December of 2016 the Alabama Robotics Technology Park just outside of Huntsville, Alabama will host both of the American Welding Society Skills Competition Committee’s SkillsUSA WorldTeam Stage 2 U.S. Weld Trials and the Robotic Competition Committee’s Student Robotic Welding Competition simultaneously.

On December 6, 2016 from 9 AM to 4 PM Education Day will be held during both the US Weld-Trials and the Student Robotic Welding Competition. This event promotes the spirit of competitive welding through quality education. We invite local and regional schools to take part in this event. The visiting students will learn about the amazing educational opportunities from Alabama AIDT and RTP, see, and hopefully be inspired by, our competitions, and see the educational tools and unique products that help provide a quality education.

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Regional Robotics Championship

hosted at Auburn University

Top 58 teams from 16 BEST hubs in 5 states

December 3-4, 2016

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The American Association of Community Colleges with the support of the National Science Foundation held its 23rd National ATE Principal Investigators Conference October 26-28 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. The conference brought together over 800 individuals to focus on the critical issues related to advanced technological education.

Nathaniel Carroll, a current student at Wallace State-Hanceville, was honored by receiving an AACC scholarship to attend the conference and provided a CARCAM booth exhibit in coordination with over 60 other students and recent alumni from across the nation. 

CARCAM faculty and staff presented a Breakfast Roundtable discussion on Challenges and Opportunities with On-the-Job Training Internships.   We also participated in a panel discussion session titled Keep Calm and Career Coach On! Presenting on behalf of CARCAM and Gadsden State Community College were Laura Swann, Director of Enrollment Services, Gadsden State and CARCAM Director, Beverly Hilderbrand. CARCAM presented within the Birds of a Feather session in collaboration with LASER-TEC How to Effectively Recruit, Retain, Graduate, and Place Your Students in Good Jobs, and the panelist were Joe Hendrix, Professor, Wallace State Community College-Hanceville and Ms. Hilderbrand. Lastly, the CARCAM Director participated in the Birds of a Feather panel on Advanced Manufacturing Centers’ Resource Lighting Round with other similar focused centers.



Bentley announces nearly $1 million in grants to Central Alabama Community College

Gov. Robert Bentley visited Central Alabama Community College on Thursday to announce the college had been awarded two Appalachian Regional Commission grants totaling nearly $1 million.

The grants will allow the college to expand a classroom and purchase new equipment for students studying advanced manufacturing at its Alexander City campus.

“The community college system is extremely important in our workforce training program that we have in the state,” Bentley said. “I’ve always said that it is the most important thing, and I truly believe that.”

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 Jeff State Students to Benefit from WKW Automotive Partnership

 A new partnership between WKW Automotive and Jefferson State Community College will provide local students with financial assistance for tuition and books, a paid internship, and a career opportunity this fall.

 The partnership will provide 12 Jefferson State manufacturing students an opportunity for a paid 24-hour-a-week internship at WKW Erbsloeh in Pell City. Students will work as an advanced machine operator apprentice while taking classes toward an associate in applied science degree. Classes start in the fall 2016 semester and are within Jefferson State’s manufacturing and technology degree option.

 “As WKW grows and expands its business with automotive OEM’s, we’re excited to offer an opportunity for talented individuals to build a future together with us and Jefferson State in the form of an apprenticeship,” said WKW Automotive President Todd Green. “This is a new endeavor and WKW is eager to embark on this journey with Jefferson State.”

 For more information and program requirements, go to or call (205) 856-8517.


National Science Foundation


Opportunities to Address Barriers and Opportunities for 2-year and 4-year STEM degrees:

 Systemic Change to Support Students' diverse Pathways (National Academy of Sciences, 2016)









CARCAM Mission: 

CARCAM responds to rapid advanced manufacturing sector growth by establishing and implementing innovative methods to develop a highly-skilled, diverse technical workforce and provide state-of-the-art professional development.

Who Are We?

The CARCAM consortium is one of 42 regional National Science Foundation ATE Center’s. We are educating today’s workforce in cutting–edge technology. Our curriculum is specifically designed and developed with input from business and industry and implemented in today’s highly advanced technical manufacturing industry. 


With the skills learned at CARCAM colleges, Students are ready for today's top manufacturing technology careers.



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