Advanced Manufacturing Skills Training Alliance Summer Cruising Program

The school districts of Franklin, Granville, Warren and Vance County formed a consortium four years ago to apply for grant funding to promote Advanced Manufacturing in their schools. Vance Granville Community College partnered with these school districts and received a four year grant to provide professional development for teachers and work based learning experiences for students. This year's teacher training included a one day event held at Warren County High School. Teachers were exposed to new technology and programs designed to prepare students for advanced manufacturing careers. Over 70 teachers and administrators were present from the five partners.

Check out the pictures below.

A light breakfast was  served along with time for networking between the teachers and staff members.

Dr. Ray Spain, Superintendent from Warren County Schools provided a welcome message to the group.

Jonte Hawkins, Carpentry Instructor for Warren County Schools demonstrated the Heavy Equipment Simulator at Warren County High School. He talked about the partnership with Carolina Sunrock to provide students with careers with their company.

Teachers were given the opportunity to try out the simulator.

Odessa Perry, Career Development Coordinator for Warren County Schools demonstrated how different CTE programs used the video production studio to promote and market their programs.

Students on the high school and middle school have an opportunity to use the studio. 

 Ernie Conner, CTE Director for Warren County Schools demonstrated the Nureva Span system to the group. this 20 foot interactive board allows groups of students to create, design and problem solve. Teachers can use the system to plan interactive lessons and create more interaction and student engagement.

Teachers were given the opportunity to practice using the system.

Wesley Williams, from Vance Granville Community College presented information on the Mechatronics program offered by the college.