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AAMA Automotive Supplier of the Year

Don't forget to nominate a company for the AAMA automotive Supplier of the Year!

The award winners exemplify the elite of manufacturing innovation, commitment to excellence, dedication to emloyees, and community investement. 

Check out the AAMA website for more information and the nomination form (Companies are encouraged to nominate themselves).

Nomination deadline is Nov. 1, 2015


Jeff State Secures Robots for Manufacturing Program


Dave Felton, right, instructs students on how to operate the robotics

Students in St. Clair County can now learn manufacturing technology while using the newest industrial robots available.

“Industrial robots are now a mainstay in advanced manufacturing and it is crucial that our graduates have a good technical foundation in understanding how to operate, program and service these robots,” said David Felton,  Jefferson State manufacturing and technology coordinator.

Through an Alabama Workforce Development grant, Jefferson State’s Technology Center in Pell City recently received four new industrial robots that will be used in a variety of courses across several manufacturing and technology degree options.

“Many types of learners will benefit from these new robots,” Felton said. “They will be used by high school dual enrollment students, traditional students, and workforce education students. The entire St. Clair County manufacturing community can gain from this.”

Jefferson State’s manufacturing and technology program prepares students for employment in industries such as industrial and automotive manufacturing, equipment technology and maintenance, biomedical equipment technology, industrial and commercial electronics, and computer aided drafting/design (CADD).

In December, Jefferson State will acquire two additional robots at the Jefferson Campus Manufacturing Center through a matching grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

For more information about Jefferson State’s manufacturing technology programs, contact Felton at 205-856-8517 or

AAMA Scholarship Recipients Travel to Toyota Mfg. Plant

The 2015-16 recipients of the AAMA Scholarship recently had the opportunity to travel to the Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Alabama (TMMA) plant in Huntsville. During the tour, the recipients were allowed an inside look at the plant and some of the duties of working as a maintenance technician for TMMA.


CARCAM Hosts STEM Camps Throughout State


Summer 2015 has been a great time to explore scientific interests.  Eleven STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) based robotics camps were attended by over 150 Alabama middle and high school students.  The distinctive characteristic of all camps is a deliberate focus on the TECHNOLOGY and ENGINEERING components of STEM. Using a robotics platform to emphasize a distinct STEM based theme, these camps are designed to pique student interest in advanced manufacturing through a positive exposure to robotics, and technology-oriented problem solving experiences within a fun and active hands-on environment.

Read More Here or check out our photo album for more pictures. 



Program exposes students to technology jobs
The Consortium for Alabama’s Regional Center for Automotive Manufacturing andGadsden State Community College are hosting two events for National... Read More

Alabama's Mercedes-Benz plant announces $1.3 billion, 300-job expansion
Mercedes-Benz today announced a $1.3 billion, 300-job expansion of its Alabama auto assembly plant. The project represents one of the largest single... Read More

Hyundai turns to students to fill jobs
Mason Pierce started taking classes at H. Councill Trenholm State Technical College last August. At the same time, a group of eight other Trenholm students... Read More

3-D printing accelerates Honda Pilot development
DETROIT -- Automakers are again taking a run at accelerating vehicle development, this time with an assist from 3-D printing. The latest example comes... Read More





2015-16 AAMA-Dr. Bernard J. Schroer Scholarship Recipients 

After careful deliberation, the AAMA Scholarship Committee has selected 10 students to receive the AAMA scholarship. The AAMA scholarship is available for up to 12 students from CARCAM partner Colleges per year, each student must meet several areas of critera in ordered for their application to proceed to the Scholarship Committee. A total of $15,000 worth of scholarships were awarded for the 2015-16 academic year. Congratulations to all of the recipients! 

2015-16 Recipients

  • Bradley Adams - CACC
  • Matthew Clark - CACC
  • Kaleb Clark - GSCC
  • Kaytlyn Naugher - GSCC
  • Jordan Pruitt - GSCC
  • Colin Wells -LSCC
  • John Pierce - TSTC
  • James Segers - TSTC
  • Mason Thompson - TSTC
  • Scott Bartlett - WSCC(Hanceville)


 CARCAM Goes to Portland for HI-TEC


CARCAM was recently in Portland, OR for the High Impact Technology (HI-TEC) Conference. HI-TEC is a national conference that focuses on advanced technological education ranging from Advanced Manufacturing Technologies to Nanotechnology. The event focuses on the preparation needed by the current and future workforce in the high-tech sectors that are becoming increasingly vital to our economy.  Secondary and post-secondary educators, industry professionals, and other trade advocates come and expand their knowledge and skills through various workshops and seminars. Beverly Hilderbrand (above), who served as chairman of the Awards Board, presented the awards given at HI-TEC this year. 



 Wallace State Student Awarded Bill Taylor Scholarship


 Left Bill Taylor Scholarship winner student Scott Bartlett & Department Chair and Instructor Joe Hendrix, Industrial Electronics/Mechatronics at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville

In June, the AlabamaGermany Partnership presented the Bill Taylor Scholarship to Wallace State Community College student Scott Bartlett.

The scholarship was named after former Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI) CEO and President Bill Taylor (now President of EDPA). This award is given annually through the AAMA Scholarship program. The scholarship is given to a student residing in Alabama with an objective in pursuing a career in automotive manufacturing. Full Article Here



 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 36 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. 

CARCAM Colleges offer students the opportunity to learn advanced technology skills that drive the regional economy.



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