December 14, 2019

IACMI - The Composites Institute awarded grant for Scaling Excellence in the Defense industry's composites manufacturing workforce - Yahoo Finance

By creating an infrastructure with physical space, knowledgeable instructors, and trainees across the U.S., the partnership is expected to make significant impact in communities that are home to DOD manufacturing facilities. "By promoting the need to develop a trained and technically proficient workforce, the training program aligns with two of my key priorities, namely, promoting the Defense manufacturing industry on Long Island and providing middle class workers with a career pipeline to good paying jobs that will allow them to live the American Dream – the ability to purchase a home, raise a family and retire one day without worry," said Representative Tom Suozzi of New York, representing the third district, which includes Long Island and the Composite Prototyping Center.

The national program will be led by IACMI's Workforce Director, Joannie Harmon Heath, and Davis Technical College's National Director for Composites Pathways, Wes Hobbs. The two have proven success graduating hundreds of highly-qualified students and trainees from a variety of programs. For example, the IACMI internship program has graduates more than 100 students with 100 percent of the students graduating from their academic programs and finding job or graduate school placements within six months. Additionally, the Davis Technical College program has a higher placement rate than graduation rate because the students who participate in the program are so well qualified and in such a high demand.

ACMA President Tom Dobbins said, "Over the past three years, Davis Technical College has had more than 150 graduates earn the American Composites Manufacturers Association's Certified Composites Technician credentials as an earned capstone credential at the end of their program completion. These credentials allow graduates to enter the workforce with the certification reinforcing the applicable skills developed through the program. We are excited to support the MEEP and excellence through education."

"We look forward to utilizing the network that we have created over the past five years through IACMI to expand the national training program. Davis Technical College's leadership in this education space is incredibly valuable, and it will be a great resource to the U.S. to have this program available to more manufacturers and participants," said Joannie Harmon Heath.

"We are looking forward to expanding our expertise to train a well-rounded national workforce for the composites industry. With the Davis Tech program alone, we have increased participation in the program by 20% each year and look forward to continuing to meet the needs of the industry," said Darin Brush, president of Davis Technical College.

Read more and keep up with the latest developments on the program at

About IACMI – The Composites Institute:
The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), managed by the Collaborative Composite Solutions Corporation (CCS), is a partnership of industry, universities, national laboratories, and federal, state and local governments working together to benefit the nation's energy and economic security by sharing existing resources and co-investing to accelerate innovative research and development in the advanced composites field. CCS is a not-for-profit organization established by The University of Tennessee Research Foundation. The national Manufacturing USA institute is supported by a $70 million commitment from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Manufacturing Office, and over $180 million committed from IACMI's partners. Find out more at


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