College’s ACE Program Aims at Growing Composites Industry

april 16 2012

Roane State Community College's new Advanced Composites Employment (ACE)
program is expected to help companies, including small businesses, learn how they can use breakthroughs in the composites industry to grow and create jobs.

As part of the ACE program, Roane State will develop a two-year associate's degree program to prepare students to work in the composites industry. Economic development goals include identifying gaps in the supply chain and matching existing companies to fill the gaps; organizing events to promote how composites can benefit businesses; and helping companies use advancements in composites technology.

"We're excited to be a part of this, and we look forward to working with all of you to help find the right industries that can benefit from these services and benefit from Oak Ridge National Laboratory resources and, in the end, create high-quality jobs," stated Paul Jennings, executive director of the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service Center for Industrial Services.

Roane State received a $1.64 million grant in September to launch ACE. The grant was part of President Obama's $37 million Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge, a multi-agency competition to support the advancement of 20 high-growth, regional industry clusters.

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