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Gadsden State Community College is hosting the 40th annual Alabama Association of College and Employers Conference July 26-28. This is an opportunity for employers and college counselors to connect and exchange information and learn best practices in serving college students.

Jacob R is a Gadsden State co-op student at Honda Manufacturing. He has been nominated to receive the Co-op Student of the Year Award through AACE. Jacobs work supervisor at Honda wrote a wonderful letter of recommendation commending Jacob’s work ethic and team –player mentality. The winner will be announced at the close of the conference on July 28. 


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.



Congratulations to high school students Hunter Blanton, Payne Stancil and Lucas Collins for participating in the 2016 National SkillsUSA Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. The students competed at the Annual Alabama SkillsUSA Conference in order to advance to the National SkillsUSA Conference, Champions at Work: “Connecting you to Career Success”, June 18-21, 2016.  CARCAM was proud to support students from the Etowah County Career Technical Center.


Jefferson State Community College STEM Camp


Central Alabama Community College STEM Camp

CACC found the sure-fire way to engage 26 kids in STEM disciplines at their summer session of STEM camp. It was robotics.

Twelve teams competed in the robotics competition. The teams were made of students from Radney Elementary, Stephens Elementary and Christian Academy in Alexander City, Dadeville high School, Horse Bend High School and one homeschool student.

Each of the two-person teams constructed a robot from Legos, a brick (or CPU, computer programming unit), gears and wheels. The students had to program the robot to travel straight the length of a 20-foot lane and stop inside a three-foot box. Robots that had a piece fall off or that crossed a lane boundary completely were disqualified.

One follower of the slow and steady philosophy is J.P. Stark, a student at Faith Christian Academy, who won the competition.

Credit to David Granger,, archived, June 22, 2016


Gadsden State Community College STEM Camp


Area high school juniors and seniors are exploring jobs of the future during Gadsden State Community College’s STEM Camp. The goal of STEM Camp is to encourage interest and prepare students for careers in the high-tech automated manufacturing industries. During the four-day camp, students attend classes and complete hands-on tasks in various technical programs and tour the Kamtec plant in Birmingham. Enrollment Specialist Noelle Stovall says the hands-on education creates a connection for the students. Stovall says students are finding science, technology, engineering and math jobs more attractive due to the high likelihood of employment following graduation. Twelfth grader Trey Brady who is homeschooled and Anniston High School Eleventh grader. Tara Banks says, "they decided to come to STEM Camp because they both have a great interest in the technical field." Students will complete a specific project designed by instructors and will leave the class with the item they have made. Some will build and test robots to demonstrate the principles they have learned during camp. The camp is sponsored by CARCAM as part of their Student Career Pathway Initiative.


Shelton State Community College-Tuscaloosa STEM Robotics Engineering High School Camp

LEGO®s are not only stackable they can be engineered for mobility.

CARCAM is proud to showcase the campers of the STEM Robotics Engineering High School Camp hosted by Shelton State Community College-Tuscaloosa held from June 9-23, 2016.  Campers were able to design, program, engineer, as well as sync to a remote, a LEGO® elephant robot, which they did from scratch. The exercise gave the campers an example of hands-on items utilized in BEST Robotics while gaining experience in critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork. The camper in the video is controlling the LEGO® elephant robot with a new phone app, EV3 Programmer App, compatible with LEGO® software. The campers concluded the exercise with a parade of elephants in an all-out Robot War.

Click the Facebook icon to watch the video of the elephant in action!

BEST Robotics:


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2016-17 Scholarship AAMA/Dr. Bernard Schroer Recipients




    August 18-19, 2016 

     U.S. Space & Rocket Center
     One Tranquility Base
     Huntsville, Alabama 35805

 Conference programming will focus on strategic resource management and address opportunities to implement cost savings due to sustainable practices.








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Your students will have an opportunity to explore exciting career paths at this year’s West Alabama Worlds of Work (WOW) event. WOW will present real-world simulations of available career options. Each hands-on exhibit will be presented by top employers in our region. By attending WOW, students will learn how to begin building a meaningful career at the beginning of high school.

WOW will be held Thursday, October 13 and Friday, October 14 at Shelton State Community College's Martin Campus. On October 13 from 3-7 p.m., high school students are invited to attend with a parent or guardian.


 Explore Careers in

Manufacturing and Technology

October 20, 2016, 5:30 - 8:00 pm 

Explore careers in maunfacturing and technology.  Visit hands-on exhibits. Thursday, October 20th, 5:30pm.

Hear from our panel of experts:

  • Learn about job skills that are in high demand
  • Hear from recent grads who found good-paying career employment
  • Meet local businesses and learn who employers are hiring
  • Discover the career pathway that's right for you
  • Explore apprenticeship, internships, and work-based learning

Is your company is interested in being an exhibitor at the event? 
Complete this application or contact Valerie Corbett for more information.


CAAT Webinars

The CAAT provides FREE educational webinars on a variety of topics related to training current and future automotive professionals in advanced automotive technology.

Upcoming Webinars

 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles: T

he Other Electric Vehicle

August 23, 2016 / 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.


The National Science Foundation recently awarded LBW Community College of an “Educating Technicians in Energy Efficiency” grant of $199,899 to better prepare future technicians.

The primary goal of the project is to meet emerging needs for increased energy efficiency by improving the quality of technician education in industrial electronics and diesel and heavy equipment mechanics.

To read the entire article  Click Here.



ATE Central

ATE Central is a freely available online portal and collection of materials and services that highlight the work CARCAM and all other Advanced Technology Education (ATE) projects and centers.  These National Science Foundation funded initiatives work with educators from two-year colleges to develop and implement ideas for improving the skills of technicians and the educators that teach them. 

Click here to learn more.





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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