Nash Community College Receives $200,000 Golden LEAF Grant
Rocky Mount, NC - Nash Community College is the recent recipient of a $200,000 Golden LEAF grant that will fund the purchase of equipment for its Computer-Integrated Machining Technology and Electrical/Electronics Technology programs.
The Advanced Flexible Integrated Manufacturing (AFIM) System, a system used to simulate on-the-job experiences, includes a vertical machining center, turning center, industrial robot, integrated programmable logic controller (PLC), and base unit with inventory stocking system.
The Computer-Integrated Machining Technology and Electrical/Electronics Technology programs will use the system to teach robotics, PLC, process control, factory automation training, advanced automated machining technologies and production simulation. Both programs will work on projects at the same time, providing cross-disciplinary interaction and teamwork while applying Lean Manufacturing principles.
"Not only will our students learn real-world manufacturing applications, but the local community will benefit as well," NCC Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Department Chair Gary Blackburn said. "Access to the new equipment will help provide a workforce for existing manufacturers in our region that have demonstrated need for this training capacity and will assist in attracting high tech industries that require a highly skilled workforce."
Nash Community College instructors completed Certified Education Robot Training (CERT) in order to provide student training in the set-up, programming, and operation of industrial robots, ultimately leading to Fanuc Robotic certification. Fanuc is an industry leader in industrial robotics and factory automation solutions and controller software. In addition, NCC instructors are certified to offer program participants an Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) 30-Hour General Industry certification, an industry-recognized credential related to industrial safety.
For more information on Nash Community College's Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies programs, visit www.nashcc.edu/EMTech or contact Gary Blackburn at 252-451-8285 or
Kelley Deal Nash Community College Public Relations Director 252-451-8235