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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!

Congratulations to the Medalist at 2016 SkillsUSA Alabama State Competition

This year over 2,600 students from 52 high schools and colleges gathered from across the state to attend the SkillsUSA competition at BJCC in Birmingham on April 20th. SkillsUSA is a national organization that works with schools, students, and industry to help develop a more skilled worker who is prepared for a career in technical, skilled and service occupations. CARCAM participated with an exhibit booth educating students, faculty and parents on the advantages of technical careerpaths. We are happy to announce that these students from our partner colleges medal in the manufacturing related sector of the competition.  

Additive Manufacturing:   

  • Gold        Alexander Hurston, Collin Gaddes - Calhoun
  • Silver      Kyle Brakke, Harley Scott - Calhoun       
  • Bronze    Kaitlin Green, Zachary Besherse - Calhoun 

Automated Mfg. Technology:           

  • Gold        K. Howell, D. McDaniel , G. McCain -GSCC   

CNC Milling Specialist:

  • Gold         Cody Tucker - Gadsden State
  • Silver       Nolan Phillips - Gadsden State
  • Bronze     Cody Barnhart - Wallace State – Hanceville

CNC Technician:

  • Gold        Justin Burnett - Wallace State - Hanceville
  • Silver       Kyle Rice -Wallace State – Hanceville

CNC Turning Specialist:

  • Gold       Jared Chafin - Wallace State – Hanceville
  • Silver      Summer Walden -Gadsden State
  • Bronze    Ben Truney - Wallace State – Hanceville

Electronics Technology:

  • Gold        Nickolas Nuss - Wallace State – Hanceville
  • Silver      Gregory Milligan - Wallace State – Hanceville

Industrial Motor Controls:

  • Silver      Jacob Ritten - Gadsden State
  • Bronze    Nathan Funkhouser - Calhoun

Mobile Robotic Technology:

  • Gold        James Wisner, Kyle Woods - Northeast Alabama

Robotics and Automation Technology:

  • Gold        Cory Green, Cristal Rios-Ruiz - WSCC – Hanceville

Technical Drafting:

  • Gold        Hunter Furgerson - Northeast Alabama             
  • Silver      Casey Finch - Gadsden State


  • Gold        Jonathan Smith - JF Drake State
  • Silver       Kory Rafferty - J F Drake State
  • Bronze     Blaine Johnson - Northeast Alabama

For more information about other SkillsUSA winners, please visit their website.



2016 CARCAM National Visiting Committee Meeting

 Members of the National Visiting Committe

CARCAM held its annual National Visiting Committee (NVC) Meetings on April 14-15 in the AIDT Honda Training Center at Honda Manufacturing Alabama, Lincoln, AL.  The meeting was comprised of educators, industry leaders, manufacturing organization members and NVC members from across the state and nation. Grant goals and activities as well as industry partnership projects were discussed. Ten partner college faculty members provided brief presentations highlighting their successful projects from 2015 that provided the NVC insight into their technical programs and methods utilized to educate multi-skilled technicians for the future.

Students spoke from Gadsden State and Central Alabama community colleges as well as a dual enrollment student from Wallace State-Hanceville and the REHAU Academy in Cullman, AL. The students were able to share the technical skills developed while in school as well as how they have applied these skills in their current apprenticeships or co-op programs.  The agenda included a tour of Honda’s newest addition to their facility, the second engine production line. The meeting was concluded with discussion on CARCAM’s future focus.


NCATC 2016 Summer Workshop


The National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers will be hosting the 2015 Summer Workshop on June 8-10, 2016 in Kingsport, TN. Through a series of concurrent sessions, workshops and panels, the Summer Workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge on how to engage in educational partnerships that will increase student involvement in apprenticeships and dual enrollment courses offered to high school students. The workshop will also provide industry tours of Eastman, A.O. Smith Corp., and Domtar.

The full brochure with registration details, detailed event schedules, and further information about the workshop can be viewed



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2016 Trans-Atlantic Technology and Training Alliance (TA3) Symposium


The TA3 International Advisory Committee has chosen Lawson State Community College to host their 2016 Symposium - Reaching the Millennal Workforce: New Ways of Learning, Earning, and Interacting in the Digital Age on June 6-8, 2016. The agenda will include industry experts that will provide important marketplace information for those in attendance. Some of the challenges that will be faced at the Symposium are: How are technology and millennal's reshaping the workforce? How do we prepare young people to be effective and successful in the workplace? And how can community colleges keep up with these changes? Registration for Non-TA3 Members are $175 for one day and $275 for three days. For more information and how to register please visit the registration website here.


Check out CARCAM Resources on ATE Central 

ATE Central

CARCAM is proud to share several of our resources with ATE Central and have them featured among the 5,000 resources available on their website. On ATE Central you can find our Curriculum Gap Analysis, STEM/Robotics Camp Handbook, Best Practices Guide and many others! Be sure to check out the ATE Central website for resources from CARCAM and other ATE Central Centers. 

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.



STEM/Robotics Camp Best Practices Guide 2016






CGA Best Practices Guide


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