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Events All Through October!!!


Rainsville, AL 
Northeast Alabama BEST Robotics Competition. 8 am until 4 pm. Opening ceremony takes place at 1 pm in the Northeast Alabama Agri-business Center in Rainsville, AL. 

Tuscaloosa, AL  

Shelton's BEST Robotics Competition. Hosted by Shelton State Community College and Mercedes Benz U.S., International and open to all area middle and high schools. 

HONDA MANUFACTURING OF ALABAMA EVENT-Facility Tour-October 6-7, 2016, 9:00 am
Lincoln, AL 
Honda Manufacturing of Alabama is inviting career coaches, career counselors, students and other WFD Leaders from local communities in an effort to introduce them to Honda’s automotive manufacturing operations in Lincoln and create awareness and interest in manufacturing career possibilities in the area. 

Alabama Technology Network

Gadsden, AL

October 7, 2016-Celebrate Manufacturing Day: Free Training Classes

October 26, 2016-Girls Employed in Manufacturing: (GEMs)

Calhoun County Career Fair/Huntsville Campus:

October 20, 2016, 10:00 am

At Calhoun Community College, we prepare our students for competitive careers, and our goal is that our graduates earn the credentials that match or exceed industry expectations and are prepared to be a productive employee for you. On behalf of the Career Services department, I would like to thank you for choosing to conduct business in the Tennessee Valley and for partnering with Calhoun.  The wide array of opportunities in our area makes North Alabama an attractive place to live and work.

Joint Leadership Development Conference/ CARCAM Exhibit Booth - October 17-18, 2016

2101 Richard Arlington Jr. Blvd. N.

Birmingham, AL

Jeff State Community College: Women in Manufacturing: Hard Hats and High Heels- October 14, 9:00 am

Jefferson State Campus

Manufacturing Day Celebration 2015- “Women in Manufacturing: Hard Hats and High Heels” is open to teachers, counselors, parents, and female students in the 11th and 12th grades. The event will consist of hands-on demonstrations of equipment used in manufacturing, face-to-face meetings with manufacturers seeking skilled workers, a panel discussion lunch with experienced women in manufacturing, and assistance with enrollment in manufacturing related courses. 

Shelton State Community College: World of Works- October 13-14, 2016, 3:00 pm

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.

Wallace State Community College-Hanceville- Nissan Battery Plant Tour-October 11, 2016, 9:00 am

Decherd, TN

For more information about manufacturing events across the region visit:



Seen on Scene at the 2016 Industry & Education Leadership Meeting at Lawson State:


Wallace State  Community College and Automated Training Solutions, along with SMC Corp will be hosting a "Training Seminar on Mechatronics ." 

Monday November 21 st & Tuesday November 22nd

This Seminar is free to all Administrators and Instructors.

Location :  Wallace State Community College  801 Main Street NW    Hanceville, Alabama 35077.
Date       :  November 21 st - 22 nd  2016

The focus of this seminar will be " what is Mechatronics " as well as all the different components  that make up a Mechatronics Program. Methods of integrating “The Systems Approach” to education will be included.  Instructors will receive training with hands on equipment, and software, such as Allen-Bradley and Siemens PLC programming and troubleshooting. There will be extensive breakout sessions for Instructors to actually get hands on time with Mechatronics training Systems. This is NOT a sales pitch, but rather an opportunity for you to get a better understanding of Mechatronics, work with a Mechatronics System and to interact with other  instructors from other training institutions that might assist you in developing a Best Practices for your Mechatronics Program.

A lunch will be provided, so reserve your spot today.

We expect to start by 10:00 a.m. Monday November 21 st and wrap up at 4:30 p.m. The second day Tuesday November 22nd will be from 8:30 to 4:30p.m

Class size is limited to 40, so please respond quickly. We expect this seminar to fill rather quickly.

A Staff Development Certificate will be provided following your attendance.



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ATE PI Conference 2016-Washington, DC-October 26th-28th





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CONGRATULATIONS to Victoria Lamberth from Central Alabama and Courtney Franklin from Shelton State!

Great representation for the Southern Automotive Women's Forum and our Alabama Community Colleges!



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Calhoun County Job Fair!

Thursday, October 20, on the Huntsville Campus
Space is limited, and registration is required by October 6.
Register online today at




Please contact Kristin Moore at or 216-503-5700.


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.



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 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.


National Science Foundation


Opportunities to Address Barriers and Opportunities for 2-year and 4-year STEM degrees:

 Systemic Change to Support Students' diverse Pathways (National Academy of Sciences, 2016)








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