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In less than a generation, Alabama's auto industry has gone from zero to 1 million. Come along for the ride.





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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.

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2016-17 Scholarship AAMA/Dr. Bernard Schroer Recipients


The 2016-17 AAMA/Dr. Bernard Schroer scholarship recipients were recently announced to seven students across the state. Students must be purusing a career in manufacturing or related fields and submit an application displaying their academic and technical success which includes an essay as to why they want to pursue a career in manufacturing. The scholarship is worth $1,500 per academic year and is renewable each year. 

2016-17 Recipients

  • Matthew Sims, Calhoun Community College
  • Parker Smith, Central Alabama Community College
  • Kara Tucker, Gadsden State Community College
  • Johnathan Lane, Trenholm State Community College
  • Trevor Campbell, Wallace State Community College
  • Cristal Ruiz, Wallace State Community College
  • Martin Vieyra, Wallace State Community College

Congratulations to all of the recent scholarship 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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 Congratulations to TS Tech!

Winner of the 2016 AAMA Supplier of the Year Award


The winner of this prestigious award exemplifies the elite in manufacturing innovation, commitment to excellence, dedication to employees and community investment.

About TS Tech

·         Self-reliant global supplier of automotive interior systems. TS Tech Alabama is a Tier 1 supplier of seats to Honda Manufacturing of Alabama for the Odyssey minivan and Ridgeline pickup.

·         Employs over 600 at their Boaz, Alabama plant.


 LBWCC Receives NSF Grant

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.

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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.


Presentations from the 2016 Center for Advanced Technology (CAAT) Conference Automotive


The Road to Autonomous Vehicles


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Congratulations Jefferson State Community College!

  Congrats to JSCC for recently being awarded the NSF funded ATE Grant "Advancing Education in Production Technology". With the funding from this grant, JSCC can further its reach in educating students in the latest production technology materials and prepare them for a career in manufacturing!





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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