February 2, 2015
Posted: Friday, January 30, 2015 5:35 pm
Work It, SoVa newsadvance.com


The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research has received a $1.9 million grant from the Danville Regional Foundation to help develop a workforce training program with Danville Community College.

Called the Capstone Integrated Machining Technology, the program offers advanced training for students already involved with precision machining through DCC’s precision machining program. It will be a third year of training in addition to the two year machining diploma program.

It is open to students who have recently completed training or who work in the precision machining field. Veterans can take part, as well.

The program aims to introduce students to the work environment earlier, according to a news release. It will educate participants beyond the content found in classrooms or traditional training programs.

The multi-disciplinary training, which will take place at Institute, will include such skills as tool management, advanced testing and measurement, electrical discharge machining, computer numerically controlled grinding, milling and tuning and business processes.

The Institute and DCC partnership through Capstone will provide manufacturing technology training, too. The program has been endorsed by industry partners Rolls Royce, Babcock and Wilcox, North American Mold Technology and Invista.

The program will be ready by the fall semester. Organizers estimate 15-20 students will be in the first class. The goal is to build the program up to 40 students every year.

The Hawkins Building at Institute already is under construction. New equipment to fill the space is being ordered as faculty prepare their curriculum.