CCTC Advanced Manufacturing Program receives Champions of MD Manufacturing Award


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Oct. 16, 2018 – Caroline Career and Technology Center’s (CCTC) Advanced Manufacturing Program (AMP) is the recipient of a Champions of Maryland Manufacturing award, given by the Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland (RMI).

RMI received 280 nominations from every county in Maryland and Baltimore City for awards in eight different categories, one of which is STEM Student Advocate.  The committee chose the top five programs that best promote the true image of Maryland Manufacturing, highlighting the creativity and spirit embodied in today’s manufacturing ecosystem. In addition to Caroline, two programs from Baltimore County, and one each from Baltimore City and Prince George’s County were chosen.

AMP provides knowledge and skills in a wide variety of areas – residential and commercial electrical systems, drafting, welding, mechanical system repairs, hydraulics, preumatics, and steam power. In addition to preparing students to be competitive in the job market, AMP also provides a fundamental background for students planning to pursue an engineering degree.

The AMP program was developed in partnership with local businesses and Untangled Minds, whose vision supported providing students with an advanced learning environment that prepares them with the skills employers need.

CCTC’s program was nominated by Caroline County Director of Economic Development Debbie Bowden who stated, “I nominated the AMP program and Untangled Minds because people in the Maryland manufacturing arena need to learn what can happen with true collaboration and cooperation. The successful launch of the AMP program demonstrates how the business community and education system worked toward a common goal of prosperity and vitality for Caroline County students. The Champions of Maryland Manufacturing provides a forum to showcase our innovation and resolve to providing kids with real opportunities.”

Dr. Patricia Saelens, superintendent of schools, stated, “This program’s strength and success are directly linked to the generous contributions of talent and resources from our community and business partners, and to the dedication of program instructor Keith Hale. We are especially grateful to Debbie for her support in making the nomination.”

The award will be given on November 29 at the Champions of Maryland Manufacturing Gala at Martin’s West in Baltimore. Crystal Steel Fabricators, Inc., a Caroline County manufacturer and strong supporter of the AMP program, will also be honored as a new manufacturer.