IACMI Awarded Grant for Scaling Excellence in the Defense Industry's Composites Manufacturing Workforce

December 09 2019

IACMI – The Composites Institute has been awarded a $5 million grant, the Manufacturing Education Extension Program (MEEP), over the course of three years to expand upon the successful composites training program led by Davis Technical College to four locations across the United States. IACMI has established workforce development credentials, exceptional breadth, depth, and scale of membership and facilities networks, proven project management, and a history of successful collaboration with its many project partners. These partners include the following:

• Enterprise State Community College in Enterprise, AL and the Composites Prototyping Center in Long Island, NY, which will be home to learning centers
• Purdue University, Vanderbilt University, the University of Dayton Research Institute, and the University of Tennessee, which will serve to implement the curriculum
• The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and SpaceTEC CerTEC will provide education alignment and certification support
• Composites One, which will collaborate to develop and deliver workshops with IACMI to support the continuous learning requirements for instructors
• The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) Apprenticeship Works program will assist employers with establishing Department of Labor certified apprenticeship programs

Through the MEEP grant, IACMI is able to leverage these credentials to support filling the Dept. of Defense (DOD) manufacturers' critical skills gap with a qualified and adaptable workforce.

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