Photo Gallery: Dr. Jill Biden and Secretary Solis Tour Roane State Community College's Technical Facilities
(February 23, 2012)
- In Harriman, Tennessee, Roane State Community College is using The Tennessee Technology Center and the Advanced Materials Training and Education Center (AMTEC) to help workers get back on their feet through training and partnerships with a local industry and economic development organizations.
- The school's milling machines are used to train workers for jobs in a variety of advanced manufacturing fields.
- After a local grocery store distribution center announced it would soon be closing, Eagle Bend Manufacturing, a growing automotive parts supplier and AMTEC partner, stepped in and committed to hiring laid-off workers if they completed a special seven- week AMTEC training program.
- Dr. Biden discusses the importance of community colleges like Roane State quickly adapting to meet local needs.
- Dr. Lou Rabinowitz, Executive Director of Workforce, Economic Development & Technology Programs at Roane State described how the school was working with the scientists at the nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory to attract new employers to the area and develop low-cost carbon fiber technology that automakers are using to reduce weight and lower fuel consumption. The work is part of the recently announced Regional Jobs Accelerator grant program funded in part by the Labor and Commerce departments.
- Secretary Solis and Dr. Biden compare the weight of steel and carbon fiber components. The low-cost carbon fiber technology coming out of the AMTEC program has the strength of steel at a fraction of the weight.
- Secretary Solis thanks her Roane State tour guide with a Community College to Career Tour pin.