State Approves New Advanced Manufacturing Education Training Center

Press Release

Updated: July 2, 2013

Contact: John Bonner, Executive Director of Corporate & Continuing Education, 425-267-9520; jbonner@everettcc.edu

State Approves New EvCC Advanced Manufacturing Education Training Center

EVERETT, Wash. – The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges has approved Everett Community College’s plan to create a 37,000 square foot Advanced Manufacturing Training & Education Center (AMTEC).

The new center will train students for high-demand jobs in manufacturing and aerospace. It will be located inside 909 N. Broadway at College Plaza in a $3.5 million remodel of the college-owned warehouse.

Construction is scheduled to start by the end of 2013. AMTEC would open in 2014. The board approved the project at its June 20 meeting in Spokane.

“AMTEC will allow us to train students and incumbent workers for the latest technology and high-demand skills required by employers,” said John Bonner, EvCC executive director of Corporate & Continuing Education. “We are excited to move forward with this project.”

The center will bring together six programs – manufacturing pre-employment, computer numerical control (CNC) machining, composites, engineering technician, welding and fabrication, and quality assurance.

AMTEC is designed to serve more than 170 manufacturing industry employers in Snohomish County. All programs will be short, stackable (individual credentials from different content areas that connect to each other) and lead to a professional certificate or college degree.

A three-year $888,653 Advanced Technical Education grant from the National Science Foundation announced June 3 will fund curriculum design, equipment, student support services and faculty training for AMTEC.

The center and new curriculum will teach students about the manufacturing process from start to finish. The grant also partners the college with the K-12 system, with courses designed from middle school through college with input from industry and teachers from middle school, high school and EvCC.

Classes will include key workplace skills such as using teamwork in diverse groups, applying knowledge to real-world settings, developing critical thinking related to advanced manufacturing technology and communicating from global perspectives.

The project also creates partnerships for faculty from middle schools, high school and community colleges that provide faculty with a continual updating of curriculum and scientific processes, with the goal of increasing the number of students earning four-year advanced manufacturing degrees.

Visit www.everettcc.edu/manufacturing to learn more about EvCC’s advanced manufacturing programs.