Barco, NC — Through a grant from the NC Division of Workforce Solutions, College of The Albemarle (COA) and NCWorks held a bootcamp for Career and Technical Education (CTE) “influencers” within our local school systems, Aug. 5 through 8, 2019.
Held at COA’s Regional Aviation & Technical Training Center (RATTC), the CTE influencers gained access to hands-on activities that demonstrated a typical day of learning for a COA student in the Computer-Aided Drafting and machining programs.
The bootcamp accepted applications from local high school teachers, administrators and/or counselors to experience the opportunities that are offered through high-tech, high-wage careers in manufacturing. Activities included taking a concept from drawing and design, through the Computer-Aided Drafting lab, to actual production in the machining lab, as well as tours to regional employers who routinely hire COA graduates in CTE programs. Tours included Hockmeyer Equipment Corporation in Elizabeth City, Hoffer Flow Controls, Inc. in Elizabeth City, Sumiotomo Technologies, Inc. in Chesapeake, Virginia and the Aviation Logistics Center on the U.S. Coast Guard Base-Elizabeth City.
Eleven CTE influencers from the surrounding school districts participated in the bootcamp, representing Camden, Currituck, Dare, Edenton-Chowan, Pasquotank, Perquimans and Washington.
“This camp was unique because it provided an opportunity for area educators, who we feel are key influencers throughout the region, to learn more about the educational and career opportunities available in our region,” said Michelle Waters, Dean, Business, Industry and Applied Technologies; Campus Administrator, RATTC. “It was a great way to showcase the advanced manufacturing pathway options that can take our local youth from college to career and also allowed key partnerships to be formed between the area’s school districts, NCWorks, COA and local employers.”
The college’s sixth annual Advanced Manufacturing Day will be held on Friday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at COA’s RATTC, 107 College Way, Barco. It’s open to those interested in learning more about COA’s industrial tech programs, as well as hearing about the job opportunities available with local employers in this field.