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2016 AAMA Scholarship Application


The 2016 AAMA Dr. Bernard J. Schroer Scholarship application is now available!

The scholarship application is due by Feb. 29, 2016

You can find more information about the scholarship and a link to the application here


*UPDATE*: CARCAM Has Revised the STEM Camp Handbook for 2016

CARCAM has recently updated the STEM/Robotics Camp Handbook to reflect changes and updates over the previous version. 

Check out the newest version of the STEM/Robotics Camp Handbook HERE


TMMA Talent Development for Young Professionals



In December, Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Alabama (TMMA) hosted a talent development workshop for young professionals in partnership with the AMMA at their manufacturing plant in Huntsville, AL. The workshop included presentations from TMMA, Toyota Manufacturing Mississippi, Tennessee Valley Authority and Adah International as well as a panel developed for AMT students. The day concluded with a tour of the TMMA plant



South's BEST Robotics Competition 2015



In early December teams from all across the south gathered at Auburn University for the 2015 South's BEST, or Boosting Engineering Science and Technology, Robotics Competition to compete in various STEM related competitions and challenges. The goal of the BEST Robotics Competition is to foster the growth technology, teamwork and knowledge among STEM students.

This year, CARCAM had 4 partner colleges act as a hub for local high schools for the competition, Tennessee Valley BEST (Calhoun Community College), North Alabama BEST (Wallace State Community College), Shelton State BEST (Shelton State Community College), and NE Alabama BEST (Northeast Alabama Community College).

The Tennessee Valley BEST team placed third in the overall BEST Award and second in the overall robotics award, they also placed in the top 3 in five various other categories.  The North Alabama BEST team placed number 2 in the Neptune Technology Group Most Elegant Robot competition.

For more information about the South's BEST Robotics Competition or the participating teams, check out their website here.


 Alabama's Blockbuster 2015 in Manufacturing




Gov. Bentley Announces $200K to Expand Job-Training Programs at Calhoun CC


Calhoun Community College will expand two programs that prepare north Alabama students for in-demand careers with the help of grants totaling $200,000 announced by Gov. Robert Bentley.

The Appalachian Regional Commission grants will help upgrade programs to train students for careers in advanced manufacturing technology and as line workers for utility companies.

For the advanced manufacturing training program, the school will purchase new equipment to teach robotics and other skills needed by potential employers. The equipment will be set up to simulate a real-world manufacturing floor. The college also will aim to double the number of companies offering apprenticeships to students from five to 10.  School officials expect 100 students to enroll in the expanded program. Matching funds of $149,974 will supplement the grant.

Read here for more info


Shelton State Receives Approx. $400K for Automotive Training Program

Gov. Robert Bentley announced in December that Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa will receive a $368,266 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant to help workers qualify for careers in the automotive manufacturing industry.

The school is in close geographical proximity to Mercedes-Benz U.S. International in Vance, and also provides many training programs that feed the company's labor force.

The new program will begin by targeting potential workers from Hale County. Outreach efforts will target Hale County through partnerships with Community Works Tuscaloosa, University of Alabama Economic Development Academy and the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce. Shelton State is providing $92,090 in matching funds for the grant.



Speaker Uses Bicycle and Stories to Motivate Students
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Southwest Alabama Needs Nearly 5,000 Skilled Workers, Survey Reveals
In order to keep pace with demand, employers across the eight counties spanning southwest Alabama estimate a need for 4,851 skilled workers during the... Read More

Alabama Robotics Technology Park Moves Forward with Newest Phase
The AIDT Alabama Robotics Technology Park (RTP) in North Alabama will soon see its campus expand, with its newest facility expected to open in the first... Read More

Hyundai to Add Santa Fe Sport to Alabama Production Line-up
MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Hyundai said today it plans to add the Santa Fe Sport SUV to the production line-up at its Alabama plant, diversifying... Read More

Business Facilities names Alabama 'State of the Year' for 2015
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South's BEST Robotics Regional Championship held
Neon flashing lights, loud music, screaming fans and fierce competition meant the South's BEST Regional Robotics Championship, held Saturday,... Read More




New Robots Installed at Jefferson State's Technology Center

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


 Curriculum Review Process Guide