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College Plans Tech Center Grand Opening; Public Invited

Advanced Applied Technology Center

Hundreds of business executives, community leaders, and elected officials will get their first look at Alamance Community College’s recently-opened Advanced Applied Technology Center at a special event Oct. 6.

The public is invited to attend.

The $16 million, 55,000 square foot state-of-the-art tech center opened in time for fall semester in August. However, the Oct. 6 event – scheduled to coincide with National Manufacturing Day – will be the community’s first opportunity to tour the facility and speak with business and industry leaders who have partnered with the College to develop a 21st century workforce, much of it focused on advanced manufacturing.

“This is a game-changer for the College, for our students and for local business and industry,” said College President Dr. Algie Gatewood. “This center is about more than bricks and mortar. This center is about high-tech jobs skills training and workforce development. This center is about filling a skills pipeline at a time when local business and industry in Alamance County is desperate for this kind of workforce.”

The Advanced Applied Technology Center – the most sophisticated and ambitious capital project since the College was founded in 1958 – unites and expands five industrial programs: Mechatronics Engineering, Computer-Integrated Machining, Welding, Automotive Systems, and Air Conditioning-Heating-Refrigeration.

The Center will allow the College to enroll and train more students and move them more quickly into the jobs pipeline. At the August State of Alamance economic summit – sponsored by the Triad Business Journal and hosted by ACC – industry leaders bemoaned the rapidly growing “skills gap,” emphasizing that Baby Boomers retiring from the workforce cannot be replaced fast enough.

“Our high-tech programs and this facility represent a much-needed economic boost to our community,” Dr. Gatewood added. “Our elected leaders recognized the return-on-investment and showed great vision in funding this Center.”

The College’s Advanced Applied Technology Center is expected to play a role in business recruitment and industry retention in Alamance County. North Carolina ranks 4th nationally in manufacturing jobs and is the largest manufacturing state in the Southeast.

WANT TO GO?

  • Advanced Applied Technology Center Open House is 11 a.m. -1 p.m., Oct. 6
  • Guests are asked to enter campus at Entrance #4 for parking
  • Events include tours, music, student demonstrations, featured local businesses, special exhibits
  • The public is invited