Center for Advanced Film Manufacturing
This new 28-credit, performance film training program evolved out of a strategic partnership between two of the world’s leading producers of advanced window films - Eastman Chemical Company and Commonwealth Laminating & Coating – along with the NCI, PHCC and Martinsville-Henry County EDC.
The Advanced Film Certification program is built around the specific needs of performance film companies. The program is designed for people who want to pursue careers in advanced manufacturing and specialize in the performance film industry, as well as other fields. Interviews for open positions are guaranteed for individuals who complete the certification program. Local employers have direct access to hire graduates first.
Classes are held in multiple locations, including PHCC, NCI, Eastman Chemical Company and Commonwealth Laminating & Coating. Most of the basic manufacturing learning occurs at PHCC, while NCI houses equipment for hands-on, industry-specific training. The equipment is similar to the advanced machines found in actual manufacturing operations.
This training program is the beginning of more comprehensive offerings planned for the Center for Advanced Film Manufacturing. Phase 2 will involve advanced training of experts suitable for lead operators and technicians. Phase 3 will provide in-depth training on film and polymers. And, the focus of Phase 4 will be window film tinting and installation.
Patrick Henry Community College
Flagship manufacturing programs at Patrick Henry Community College
General Engineering Technologies
Students develop skills in the application of theories and hands-on experience in a variety of engineering settings such as industrial, manufacturing, and commercial. Graduates will be qualified for jobs such as engineer’s assistant, supervisor trainee, manufacturing specialist, quality assurance auditor, CAD technician, maintenance lead person, team leader, and computer controlled process technician.
Industrial Maintenance Electronics
This certificate program provides the skills and knowledge needed for maintenance and repair of modern production equipment. Graduates earn proficiency in electrical codes, OSHA criteria, and system troubleshooting.
Driven by Business and Industry Leadership Teams (BILTs) composed of local industry representatives, Patrick Henry Community College is developing and implementing career tract programs for Logistics and Advanced Manufacturing. By targeting job growth industries and working with local industry representatives, short-term training and credentialing is provided in an environment that simulates the work environment. In addition to industry-specific skills, soft skills are an essential part of the curriculum.
New College Institute
New College Institute (NCI) is a beacon for modern manufacturing companies because of relevant programs to strengthen the regional labor pool. Until New College Institute established in Martinsville, 4-year universities were located 2 hours away. Community leaders envisioned a locally-driven program drawing on the best of the greater regional post-secondary education resources throughout the state. This visionary approach enables the community to drive curriculum to address needs for local business growth, including development of in-demand skills for specialized manufacturing. A $15 million, 52,000 sq. ft. building is in construction in the heart of Martinsville’s Uptown district to be the first new building on the NCI campus. Cutting-edge equipment will be housed in this new facility and provide an important proof point as to the quality and current nature of skill development occurring at NCI. [insert specifics about equipment in new facility]
Flagship NCI Programs
Developed in partnership with Virginia State University, NCI offers high school juniors and seniors dual enrollment with university credits, all at no cost. Paid internships are offered to enhance hands-on learning, along with industry tours and other industry participation. The academy includes two tracks of study:
- Engineering – curriculum address engineering design, construction and project management.
- Technology – curriculum focuses on applied engineering and involves industry-current software, equipment, tools and techniques.
Experiential Learning in Technology & Engineering “ELITE” Internship Program
Funding from the New College Foundation, the Harvest Foundation, and local employers enables employers to “test drive” creative and hardworking students while providing students an opportunity to experience what they are studying in real-world situations. Students at college and high school levels are eager to participate in internships. ELITE’s purpose is to help students interested in engineering and technology careers learn skills they need for modern jobs, such as being able to work in teams and communicate well, while helping them make connections with an advanced manufacturing industry for potential long-term jobs, according to NCI.
Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 30 miles northwest of Martinsville in Blacksburg, offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Food Science and Technology. Areas of enhanced studies are available as a Science Option, Food Business Option (food manufacturing is included as well as accounting, finance, marketing and economics), or a Food & Health Option.
Nearby Food Processing Industry training resources include:
High-Demand Occupational Programs for Employment
Industrial Controls – fundamental skills for installation and repair of electrical control systems, including proficiency in electrical codes, OSHA criteria, programming system controllers, and system troubleshooting.
Industrial Electronic Technology – This program provides highly skilled industrial technicians. Training covers Sensors and Transducers, Automated Controls, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) Motor Control Circuits, AC/DC Motor Drives, Pneumatics, Microprocessors and Computer Programming, Computer Hardware and Software Applications, Instrumentation, Electronic Data Communication, Systems Troubleshooting and Preventive Maintenance.
Certified Production Technician Program – This program aligns with the nationally-recognized certificate, Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) Standards, to enhance core knowledge and skills for production work, from entry to front-line supervisory level. Program covers 4 modules: Safety Awareness; Quality Practices and Measurement; Manufacturing Processes and Production; Maintenance Awareness focuses on preventive maintenance, indicators for correct operation, and issue recognition related to Electrical, Pneumatic, Lubrication, Automation, Hydraulic, Couplings.
Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) is one of 23 community colleges in Virginia. Not only does PHCC provide post-secondary education, it serves students from throughout Patrick, Henry and Franklin Counties for dual high school and career & technical education. PHCC has been rated among the top ten Most Tech-Savvy community colleges in the country by the Center for Digital Education. Most importantly, industry or relevant third-party certificates are embedded in the curriculum of all academic programs as a means to enhance career readiness of graduates.
The program will evolve into a 4-year degree program, and ultimately PhDs, with the first Bachelor degrees awarded in 2015.