Communities across the U.S. are working to develop workforce education and training that meets the needs of students and manufacturers. Reading Area Community College in Reading, Pa., has been successful in this mission, developing programs for a variety of manufacturing segments, accessible to students coming through multiple pathways, and working with local companies. Their progress offers a model for educators, manufacturers and government. In recognition of their success, PMMI Media Group has selected Reading Area Community College (RACC) as the recipient of the 2015 David A. Harvey Memorial Scholarship.
RACC’s Schmidt Training and Technology Center provides customized training programs that adjust to the changing needs of employers. Programs based on employer needs use evolving instruction methods and technologies that are highly individualized. Since 2006, RACC has trained, retrained or educated more than 1,800 students in advanced manufacturing skills, working with more than 110 companies in the immediate area.
RACC will be awarded the David A. Harvey Scholarship during The Automation Conference, May 19-20 in Chicago. “We’re pleased to acknowledge RACC’s progress and hope this scholarship helps a deserving student enjoy a rewarding career in manufacturing and inspires other communities to strive for successful collaborations,” says Jim Chrzan, Automation World’s VP/publisher.
The scholarship will be presented on May 20 at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare. Conference registration is currently underway at www.TheAutomationConference.com.
The David A. Harvey Memorial Scholarship was established to support future generations of automation professionals with tuition assistance, and was created in memory of the founding publisher of Automation World magazine. The scholarship is funded by PMMI Media Group’s Packaging World, Automation World, Manufacturing Workforce Development Playbook, and the sponsors of The Automation Conference. This year’s sponsors are Siemens Industry Inc., Intel, Schneider Electric, Microsoft, Bimba Manufacturing Co., Kepware Technologies, Moxa Inc., Opto 22, Bosch Rexroth Corp., Ethernet Powerlink Standardization Group, Omron Automation & Safety, B+B SmartWorx, Bedrock Automation, Anixter, Belden, GE Intelligent Platforms, Pilz, Allied Electronics and Rittal.