Precision Machining Students Attend Washington Conference
November 9, 2015
Central Maine Community College students Gregory Manocchio and Ian Munsell participated in the ATE (Advanced Technological Education) Principal Investigators Conference held last month at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. Manocchio of Vassalboro and Munsell of Auburn, graduates of the Precision Machining Technology (PMT) program at CMCC, are currently enrolled in the Advanced Certificate Program in Precision Machining.
Hosted by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the conference theme was “Preparing the Technical Workforce through Innovation, Creativity & Practice.” The two CMCC students were invited to attend by the AACC and were joined by other students, ATE alumni and program leaders, and representatives from industry and government. Also attending from CMCC were Diane Dostie, dean of corporate & community services, and Richard Bolding, PMT instructor.
During the conference the two students participated in a project showcase with a display related to CMCC’s RAMP (Regional Advanced Machining Partnership) project, which is funded by an NSF grant. The goal of RAMP is to develop a curriculum that will address industry needs in high-end skills that are directly applicable to the precision manufacturing environment. The project has also developed the advanced certificate in machining that supports regional and national manufacturers by creating hybrid on-line curriculum for graduates of associate degree programs in machining.
Photo Top: L-R, PMT Instructor Richard Bolding, Dean of Corporate and Community Services Diane Dostie, Senator Susan Collins, student Ian Munsell and student Greg Manocchio.
Photo Bottom: CMCC Precision machining technology students Gregory Manocchio and Ian Munsell discuss the RAMP project with an attendee at the ATE Conference held in Washington, DC last month.