June 29, 2022
The federal government estimates that 3.4 million manufacturing jobs will be created over the next decade. These jobs will require math, science, and engineering skills. The new Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Center (AMEC) at County College of Morris in Randolph is a positive example of New Jersey’s response to this educational need. Completed and opened in 2020, the 31,500 square foot facility has created more than 150 construction jobs and added nine full-time employees. Taking “state of the art” to new levels, the center’s $11.13 million funding was made possible with the help of the New Jersey Legislature, the Morris County Board of Commissioners and from the private sector. Designed for collaborative learning, students can sketch their concepts on the walls and walk the hallway to prototype and fabricate, as AMEC is equipped with the latest machinery, from automation and 3D printers to welding and fabrication tools. . CCM President Dr. Anthony J. Iacona notes that the new facility is “a resource for the community…where today’s students become tomorrow’s engineers.” The Dean of the School of Business, Dr. Kathleen Naasz, calls CHHA, “More than a building; it is an ecosystem of industry partners, small and large companies, students, faculty and staff working together. With a $4 million CareerAdvance USA grant, the institution is also leading a consortium of state-county colleges to create models of successful apprentices in advanced manufacturing. High school students in the Morris County Vocational School District also benefit from participating in the college’s advanced engineering design and manufacturing share program.