Originally published January 23, 2018
Last fall, Cleveland Community College and Cleveland County Schools partnered to begin an Advanced Manufacturing Academy open to rising eleventh graders. The first Academy class has finished a successful first semester, and the selection process is underway for the next Academy class.
The Academy is a two-year program in which students learn job skills, earn valuable credentials and complete their high school studies, all at the same time. Students train to enter the workforce following high school in one of the following areas: Automation Engineering, Computer-Integrated Machining, Facility Maintenance, Industrial Systems, Mission Critical Operations, and Welding. These areas were selected to fill the skills gap for these high demand jobs in Cleveland County.
During their senior year, students will be placed at a local manufacturing plant where they will gain on-the-job training. Often, these experiences lead to full-time employment and many students’ first job.
Interested tenth graders from Cleveland County Schools must attend an information session/open house on Thursday, February 8 at 6:00 p.m. at Cleveland Community College, Hunt Campus Center, Room 1140 to learn more about this exciting opportunity.