Valencia’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Center is Now Open

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The staff of the Valencia Advanced Manufacturing Training Program moved into its new location, and classes began on Monday, January 4, 2016. The site is located at 1099 Shady Lane in Kissimmee.

“The 17,000-square-foot site will be used to immerse our students in the real world of manufacturing through hands-on manufacturing life experiences and train students seeking nationally recognized industry certifications in advanced manufacturing,” said Joe Battista, vice president, global, professional and continuing education, who explained that the Advanced Manufacturing Training Center is part of Valencia’s strategic vision of responding to industry workforce training and educational needs, with successful best-in-class programming by intentional collaboration, alignment and support of the manufacturers in Central Florida.

“The Advanced Manufacturing Training Center will accomplish the goals of training both future and incumbent workforce groups by integrating hands-on labs into the curriculum, thus giving the student practical experience the manufacturing [that] companies are looking for, as well as, partnering with industry and strategic partners to deliver state-of-the-art solutions,” Joe continued.

The center houses two smart technology classrooms, four labs for hands-on training, a student study lounge, a conference room, offices, workstations and a tool crib for parts storage and inventory control. While in the classroom, each student will have a computer running the latest in software simulation training programs provided by industry leading partners and companies such as Siemens and Machining Training Solutions. Tooling U-SME (previously the Society of Manufacturing Engineers) courses will be used to supplement and augment all facets of training and to broaden the student’s experience.

Current programs include computer numerical control (CNC) machining, product and parts assembly and quality inspection. Each program provides a pathway for the student to a national or international certification in his or her field of study. The CNC training is geared toward the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) national certification and the IHK international certification.

The assembly program is focused on Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC’s) Certified Production Technician certification with emphasis on J-Standard soldering and IPC (Institute of Printed Circuits) 620 cable and harness.

The quality program focuses on the American Society of Quality’s (ASQ) Certified Quality Improvement Associate (CQIA) certification with lab emphasis on quality inspection of parts and coordinate measuring machine (CMM) training for our students. The College has collaborated with its strategic partner, Lockheed Martin, on curriculum design.

In addition to the current programs, Advanced Manufacturing training programs and certifications in development are the MSSC’s Certified Logistics Technician (CLT), Mechatronics certification through Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI), Six Sigma Green Belt, Six Sigma Black Belt and Lean Bronze, Silver and Gold certifications.

For more information about the Advanced Manufacturing Training Center, contact Joe at jbattista@Valenciacollege.edu or extension 6622.

The Advanced Manufacturing Training Center’s mail code is 6-5.

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