8-11-2021 – College adds top-level machine training

Posted on: August 11th, 2021 by admin

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August 11, 2021

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By CANDICE SIMMONS CSIMMONS@NEWSTOPICNEWS.COM

Aug 10, 2021

 

Business leaders’ conversations about the Caldwell County workforce used to include worries about the skills the local workforce had to offer, but the new facility that Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute will use to train people in advanced manufacturing has bridged those gaps, a top local economic development official said.

 

Members of the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission’s board of directors toured the new Paul H. Broyhill Center for Advanced Technologies on Tuesday. Deborah Murray, the executive director of the EDC, told them it is equipped with state-of-the-art computers, a vast array of machinery and a faculty that’s eager and excited about their new space. The classes at the facility will focus on a variety of careers, including machine operation, robotics, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.

 

“The same types of technology you find at Silicon Valley is right here in Caldwell,” she said.

 

Murray says the companies she aims to recruit to the county are more interested in the county’s ability to provide a trained workforce than its overall population numbers.

 

“This is how we prove that we can train employees and they don’t need to import employees,” she said.

 

Murray said the site of the building on the county’s busiest road, U.S. 321, is a statement in itself.

 

“People will see it, get curious and be inspired as they drive by,” she said.

 

In addition to the benefit to companies looking for a well trained workforce, the center is also a resource to anyone in the community without an advanced degree who wants a path to a good-paying job, Murray said. While program lengths vary, there are many options in machine operation and engineering.

 

Janet Aiken of Aiken Controls and Richard Boyd of Automated Solutions said their companies incorporate several machines that the Center for Advanced technology now has available for training, and said the center will be a valuable asset for them.

 

Susan Deal, the college’s director of mechanical engineering technology, said classes will begin Aug. 18.

 

Reporter Candice Simmons can be reached at (828)610-8721

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