The Multi-State Advanced Manufacturing Consortium supports the national development of competency-based education curriculum to meet the needs of the manufacturing industry.
Gadsden State was one of 13 community colleges involved in the TAACCCT federal grant. Learn more at the M-SAMC website.
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M-SAMC Insights from Gadsden State
Linda Morris, M-SAMC Implementation Facilitator from Gadsden State Community College talks about the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) eligible students that M-SAMC serves.
Hear other M-SAMC Implementation Facilitators talk about "The Changing College Curriculum" and learn what they think is important for the transition to competency-based learning in higher education.
Gadsden State Community College News
With talk of how hard it is to recruit manufacturing workers, representatives from Honda’s Alabama auto assembly plant took a unique approach to job recruiting. They set-up a tent at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. There they showed off rivet guns, precision tools and pistons in pieces for assembly, and they invited visitors to try them out by asking, "How fast can you torque an engine?" The idea was to show visitors what manufacturing is really all about.
In 2015 Alabama experienced game-changing developments in important industry sectors, including aerospace, technology, automotive and advanced manufacturing. From Airbus launching aircraft assembly in Mobile to Google selecting Jackson County for a major data center project, it’s been a massive year for Alabama and its economic development team. Check out a short video that captures the significance of these developments.
Gadsden State Community College held a Girls Employed in Manufacturing (GEM) Day for female high school students to discover job opportunities in the industry. The students received a tour, hands-on assembly line experience, and listened to speakers as part of the day sponsored by the Alabama Technology Network.
The Manufacturing Day survey results are in, and events held around the U.S. have positively impacted the perception of the industry and its career options. Both students and educators are more aware of manufacturing jobs in their communities, and both found events and activities held interesting and engaging. Check out the survey for more results.
Gadsden State welcomes RTP Mobile Lab
In honor of National Manufacturing Day, Gadsden State welcomed the Robotics Technology Park (RTP) Mobile Lab. The lab is used to create awareness and interest for the development of a skilled industrial robotic workforce. Educators, community members, students, and more got the chance to get hands-on with the equipment, and learn about safety.
Gadsden State celebrates Manufacturing Day
In celebration of Manufacturing Day, Gadsden State is offering tours that highlight our state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing labs. Learn about Gadsden State courses that feature Robotics, 3D Printers, Auto CAD, Manufacturing, Instrumentation, and more.
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Gadsden State Reps attend National Guard Education Fair
Representatives from Gadsden State Community College attended a National Guard Education fair in Birmingham, AL. At the event they spoke with National Guard members about the college's involvement in M-SAMC and the competency-based education programs offered at the college. With flexible scheduling, certificate programs, and more, Gadsden State makes it easy for National Guard members to complete a college education. Gadsden State Community College is an eligible institution for the Alabama National Guard Education Assistance Program, and offers other scholarships and assistance programs to National Guard members and their families.
Mayor Sherman Guyton says Gadsden is holding its own when it comes to job growth. A report by the economic research firm Headlight ranked Gadsden third in the "Fastest Growing Manufacturing Metros in 2014."
CREC shares LMI data at Gadsden State.
A main goal of the Multi-State Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (M-SAMC) is to ensure the skills being taught in the classroom align with the skills needed on the manufacturing floor. Industry partnerships are crucial to understanding those needs and meeting this goal. Recently, Gadsden State Community College hosted a one-day seminar where representatives from the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) shared how to use economic and labor market data to engage industry partners. Key points discussed in the seminar included how to use data to understand economic engines, identify companies driving growth, develop strategies for engaging potential industry partners, and anticipate industry partner skill needs.
The seminar, Using Labor Market Intelligence (LMI) to Engage Industry Partners, will be hosted at other M-SAMC partner colleges in the future. Check the Events section of the M-SAMC website for more details.
According to business executives surveyed by the University of Alabama, education, including workforce training, is a top issue facing the state. When asked about issues facing their companies, the executives ranked the lack of a qualified workforce as a top three concern. This skills gap is being addressed nationwide by policymakers and community colleges.
According to a June 2014 report by J.P. Morgan Chase, Alabama's durable goods and non-durable goods manufacturing sectors account for a bigger share of the state's economy compared with the national average. One factor behind this above-average performance is Alabama's reviving motor vehicle industry. As a state, Alabama accounts for 6.2% of auto manufacturing employment within the U.S.
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*AMTEC is supported entirely by a National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technology Education (ATE) Program Grant (0903193). (AMTEC,NSF ATE DUE-0903193)