RVCC Receives Scholarship to Assist Students in Advanced Manufacturing Program

Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) has received a $10,000 scholarship award from the Gene Haas Foundation to assist students who will be enrolling in the College’s upcoming Advanced Manufacturing program.

RVCC was selected for the scholarship to support its new Advanced Manufacturing Technology (Metal-Works fabrication) certificate program, which will begin this summer at the College’s Branchburg Campus. The program is designed to provide fast-track, high skilled manufacturing training in measurement, materials and safety, job planning and bench work, manual milling, manual turning, CNC (Computer Numerical Control) milling and CNC turning. It was designed as a partnership between RVCC and local manufacturing industry employers to address the current shortage of manual machinists and CNC production technicians. RVCC works with employers to place students in jobs upon completion of the certificate.

The curriculum is closely aligned with standards set forth by the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS). Graduates earn a certificate from NIMS that is recognized across the industry.

The Gene Haas Foundation was formed in 1999 to fund the needs of the local community and other deserving charities at the discretion of its benefactor, Gene Haas, the founder and president of Haas Automation. Since 2001 the Gene Haas Foundation has generously supported more than 800 local, regional, and national non-profit organizations. The Gene Haas Foundation provides scholarship funds to community colleges and vocational schools for students entering technical training programs, especially machinist-based certificate and degree programs in partnership with the SME Education Foundation.

For additional information about Advanced Manufacturing at RVCC, contact Conrad Mercurius, 908-526-1200, ext.  8332 or visithttp://www.raritanval.edu/ce/wfd/adv-mfg_home.html.

Featured image caption: Conrad Mercurius, RVCC’s Advanced Manufacturing program coordinator, demonstrates the equipment in the College’s state-of-the-art Advanced Manufacturing lab.

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