WPCC Invites Public to Advanced Manufacturing Open House on April 5


Student in STEM areaWestern Piedmont Community College (WPCC) is hosting its fourth annual Advanced Manufacturing Open House on Tuesday, April 5 in coordination with North Carolina Manufacturing Awareness Week. Meritor, a manufacturing company located in Morganton, is serving as the lead sponsor for this event.

The public is invited to visit WPCC’s main campus to see how the College is supporting advanced manufacturing in Burke County and to learn how to prepare for a career in this field. The event is free and will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on the College campus at 1001 Burkemont Avenue.

As a career option, Advanced Manufacturing is modern, sophisticated and uses cutting edge technology to create products used in fields such as automotive, aviation and industrial products.

In partnership with Burke County Public Schools, over 450 juniors and seniors will also visit campus during school hours to learn about career opportunities in advanced manufacturing as well as academic pathways available to WPCC which will lead to local manufacturing jobs.

Attendees will learn about pathways to careers from college instructors from the program areas of mechatronics, civil engineering, geomatics, computer engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer Integrated Machining Technology, Industrial Systems Technology and Welding. Attendees may also participate in hands-on demonstrations of advanced manufacturing equipment with the help of WPCC students as well as visit the College’s Engineering Program Labs and view student projects.

In addition to gaining information on programs of study supporting the manufacturing sector, attendees will have the opportunity to tour the campus and visit with instructors in other programs of study during the open house. Students interested in associate in arts, associate in science and associate in fine arts degree options can also learn about transfer opportunities at the event.

To learn more about WPCC’s support of advanced manufacturing careers, contact Michael Daniels, WPCC science, engineering & mathematics dean, at (828) 448-3564 and mdaniels@wpcc.edu; Brandon Hensley, WPCC computer integrated machining technology instructor, at (828) 448-3583 and bhensley@wpcc.edu, and Bryan Harris, WPCC’s new industrial systems technology faculty instructor, at (828) 448-3568 and bharris@wpcc.edu.

WPCC complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and will make every effort to honor reasonable requests made by individuals with qualifying disabilities. Accommodations must be requested three business days in advance of school events or activities through the office of disability services in room 126 Hildebrand Hall or call (828) 448-3154.