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Eaton Supports Advanced Manufacturing Students

Nash Community College is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from Eaton. The purpose of the grant is to support high school students in pursuing training in advanced manufacturing and to provide Nash Community College advanced manufacturing students with hands-on project-based learning opportunities.

Eaton is a global power management company that provides energy-efficient solutions to assist clients in managing electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power. “Eaton, as a worldwide organization, believes in the support of their communities and environment and encourages employees to participate in their communities. At the Middlesex plant, we strive to improve our communities and support the needs as much as possible, including schools, fire departments, and the Children’s Home. We are proud to be able to present Nash Community College with a grant that will improve their student’s skills,” Eaton Human Resources Assistant Debra Lewis said.

With the support of the Eaton grant, students taking Nash Community College’s Hydraulics and Pneumatics and Maintenance and Procedures classes will have the opportunity to design a prototype of a pneumatic arm system then build five complete functioning systems based on the prototype. This hands-on project-based instruction in college classes teaches future workers teamwork, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. Additionally, high school participants in the IAM Academy learn about manufacturing as a viable career choice and a sector-based pipeline of opportunity is created from high school through to the workforce.

Nash Community College strives to impact the economic stability of the community by training future employees for local careers. Through partnerships such as the grant received from Eaton in support of the IAM Ready project, NCC will fulfill its mission of offering quality instruction and technology to prepare students for college transfer and for rewarding careers.
Pictured from left: Eaton Plant Manager Tommy Stockdale, Eaton Human Resources Manager Jenny Dieter, Eaton Human Resources Assistant Debra Lewis, NCC President Bill Carver and NCC Associate Dean of Student and Enrollment Services Wil van der Meulen.