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Steve Lapointe
Director
Advanced Manufacturing
860.932.4111

Jodi Clark
Assistant Director
Advanced Manufacturing
860.932.4128

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So Much to Celebrate at QVCC Manufacturing

Steve LaPointe

WOW!! 2019 already! As we close out the Fall semester, there is much to celebrate. As we continue to prepare and accommodate our students, a few things have happened to support that. The Gene Haas Foundation awarded QVCC another $15,000 to benefit our students in scholarships. We have set up an incentivized system that rewards students for enrollment, retention and scholastic achievements like the Dean’s list and Certificate graduation. That combined with scholarship money from the Advanced Manufacturing Endowment fund help other students with financial needs as well. Probably the biggest accomplishment to date is the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) has awarded Accreditation to QVCC from October 11th 2018 to October 11th 2023. The team in manufacturing worked very hard to obtain this special award. It is clear when you visit our center why we passed the brutal test with high honors.

So let’s talk about the manufacturing boom I’ve been referring to over the last few years. It’s here, it’s real, and it’s not letting up anytime soon. The demand is so great for skilled workers that QVCC is once again offering a daytime program for the Advanced Manufacturing Certificate program. We’ve changed it up a bit to lighten the workload for students by combining some classes and disciplines. We still recommend taking all the classes to complete the certificate in 2 semesters. We do however offer the ability to take classes “a la carte”, or one at a time. For instance, we have had students who have been machinists but never got to learn the CNC portion. They now can take CNC I and CNC II.

On top of the Advanced Manufacturing program booming, the Mechatronics Certificate is super successful and once again, there are many jobs unfilled for those electro-mechanical skills. Robotics continues to be a hot topic as the world of automation evolves. So many companies in our immediate area are investing in the latest trends to remain competitive globally. There are limited seats each semester and I suggest contacting someone here to find out more

I’ll end with an open invitation to come on down and visit our facility at an open house or our January 16th Information Session. You may be eligible for one of our scholarships. You can always set up a personal viewing at any time to talk about opportunities at QVCC. Please come and join this boom in manufacturing, and start your new career path right here in “the quiet corner”

Stephen LaPointe
Director
Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center