JTCC and Rolls-Royce Partner to Build Regional Workforce in Advanced Manufacturing
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Released on October 12, 2011
The Honorable Frank Ruff, Senate of Virginia; Dr. Marshall W. Smith, President of John Tyler Community College
Dr. Ray Drinkwater, Vice President of Academic and Student Services, John Tyler Community College; Thomas O. Loehr, Executive Vice President – Crosspointe, Rolls-Royce; and Cory Edwards, Student, John Tyler Community College
Guest gather as the Mazak Machining Center is demonstrated.
CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – John Tyler Community College (JTCC) today announced the expansion of its precision machining program to expand the advanced manufacturing workforce in the region, a growing economic force in the Commonwealth. The program expansion showcases the first wave of accomplishments springing from the partnership between JTCC and Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, to develop the region’s future in high-value manufacturing.
“We are excited to introduce an expanded curriculum and new high-tech equipment and hope it will generate enthusiasm for young people to consider careers in science and engineering,” said JTCC President Marshall W. Smith. “The precision machining program combines the strengths of Rolls-Royce industry experience and John Tyler’s educational expertise to deliver a highly-skilled, highly-technical workforce.”
“Rolls-Royce is honored to partner with John Tyler Community College on this vitally important initiative to develop the region’s future workforce,” said Rolls-Royce Executive Vice President – Crosspointe, Thomas O. Loehr, who joined Dr. Smith at a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the occasion. “Training the next generation of highly skilled workers is critical to the future of Rolls-Royce and to the success of advanced manufacturing in America. We are committed to this cause and look forward to a long-term relationship with John Tyler and the Commonwealth of Virginia.”
The precision machining program at JTCC has earned nationally recognized accreditation through the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). It is the only post-secondary program in the Commonwealth of Virginia to hold this accreditation. The courses offer students a hands-on learning experience that will prepare them for careers in modern-day manufacturing facilities. Students will gain hands-on practical experience using the latest manufacturing methods on large-scale, high-tech machines that are similar to those found on a shop floor. The first machine to arrive at JTCC is a brand new Mazak Machining Center – a high-tech, large-scale precision milling machine acquired as a result of this partnership. Students will benefit from industry-guided curriculums for relevancy and strong technical knowledge. JTCC offers certificate programs that are accepted by multiple industries.
A degree or certificate in precision machining technology will allow graduates to compete for a wide variety of jobs. The program is designed to prepare students for success in careers in advanced manufacturing across many industries such as aerospace and defense, automotive die/mold, consumer products, medical, power generation and renewable energy.
John Tyler Community College
John Tyler Community College is a two-year, public institution of higher education and is the fifth largest of the 23 community colleges in Virginia. With campuses in Chester and Midlothian and off-campus classrooms throughout the area, John Tyler offers quality and economical opportunities for students who want to earn a degree or certificate, transfer to a four-year college or university, train for the workforce, or switch careers. The College, which served more than 14,522 students during the 2010-11 academic year, offers 17 associate degrees, eight certificates, and 37 career studies certificates. The institution also serves 15,000 non-credit students and more than 1,000 companies and government agencies annually through the Community College Workforce Alliance. The College also is committed to sustainability. In July 2010, it received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for its Midlothian Campus Science Building, becoming the first in the Virginia Community College System to receive such recognition. John Tyler Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Rolls-Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, and has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy. As a result of this strategy, Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising more than 500 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 4,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in nearly 120 countries, with an installed base of 54,000 gas turbines. Annual underlying revenues were £10.8 billion in 2010, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £61.4 billion at June 30, 2011, providing visibility of future levels of activity. Rolls-Royce employs over 39,000 skilled people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries. Over 11,000 of these employees are engineers. In 2010, Rolls-Royce invested £923 million on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental performance of its products, in particular reducing emissions. Rolls-Royce supports a global network of 28 University Technology Centres, which connect the company’s engineers with the forefront of scientific research. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills.
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