Tooling U-SME Recognizes 5 Schools for manufacturing programs.

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Tooling U-SME will recognize 5 schools with 2015 Tooling U-SME Platinum Education Center (TUPEC) award, which goes to institutions that enhance professional development of students using online and hands-on training to help develop skilled and qualified future manufacturing workforce. Winners are Blue Ridge (Flat Rock, NC), Cuyahoga (Cleveland, OH), and Edgecombe (Rocky Mount, NC) community colleges as well as Lower Columbia College (Longview, WA) and West Georgia Technical College (Waco, GA).

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Tooling U-SME Recognizes Five Community Colleges and Technical Schools as Models in Manufacturing Education

Schools to receive the 2015 Tooling U-SME Platinum Education Center (TUPEC) Award

CLEVELAND – In celebration of Manufacturing Day and the significant role of manufacturing in today’s global society, Tooling U-SME, a leader in manufacturing learning and development, is recognizing community and technical colleges across the United States with its Tooling U-SME Platinum Education Center (TUPEC) award. The honor is given to institutions considered to be outstanding academic models for the advancement of the manufacturing industry.

The schools enhance the professional development of students by creatively using online and hands-on training in a blended learning format to help develop a skilled and qualified future manufacturing workforce.

“These five schools, like our 27 past recipients, exemplify the spirit of the TUPEC awards,” said Toni Neary, education specialist for Tooling U-SME’s Government and Education Group. “We applaud the instructors and schools that make practical use of technology and state-of-the-art equipment to prepare our future manufacturing workforce. These programs are not just educating, but inspiring the next generation.”

Since 2012, Tooling U-SME has recognized exceptional two-year and technical schools that embrace flexibility, high-quality content and efficiencies in teaching skills that students need to become valuable members of the manufacturing workforce. Students who graduate from these schools are better prepared for manufacturing careers, providing immediate value to the companies that hire them.

2015 TUPEC award recipients:

• Blue Ridge Community College, Flat Rock, North Carolina

• Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, Ohio

• Edgecombe Community College, Rocky Mount, North Carolina

• Lower Columbia College, Longview, Washington

• West Georgia Technical College, Waco, Georgia

“There are many great community colleges and technical schools that work diligently to level set students with the skills needed to be successful in the manufacturing industry,” said David Bredenbeck, program manager, Precision Machining and Apprenticeship at Cuyahoga Community College, one of the schools receiving this year’s TUPEC award. “We are honored to be recognized as an educational leader working to help close the skills gap.”

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that nearly 3.5 million skilled manufacturing workers may be needed to fill the talent pipeline within the next ten years. Unfortunately, two million of those jobs are expected to go unfilled due to a shortage of workers with the skills necessary to operate in an advanced manufacturing environment. Manufacturing companies can look to community colleges and technical schools for innovative training programs that produce highly skilled candidates for employment in their sector.

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Past TUPEC Award Recipients

Arizona Advanced Manufacturing Institute of Mesa Community College (AZ)

Atlantic Technical College (FL)

Bates Technical College (WA)

Ben Franklin Career & Technical Center (WV)

Central Georgia Technical College (GA)

Davidson County Community College (NC)

Delta College (MI)

Foothill College (CA)

Indiana County Technology Center (PA)

Lake Michigan College (MI)

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (WA)

Maricopa Skill Center (AZ)

Muskegon Community College (MI)

Northcentral Technical College (WI)

Ogden-Weber Tech College (UT)

Ozarks Technical Community College (MO)

St. Cloud Technical & Community College (MN)

Southern Maine Community College (ME)

Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Covington (TN)

Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Newbern (TN)

Toledo Technology Academy (OH)

Virginia Western Community College (WA)

Wilbur Wright College (IL)


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