Three National Science Foundation grants totaling almost $1.7 million will enhance Chippewa Valley Technical College’s efforts to remain on the cutting edge of recent developments in manufacturing technology and enable the College to share information with area high school partners
and other technical colleges.
“Manufacturing technology changes rapidly today and it’s critical that CVTC keep up with the latest developments,” said Jeff Sullivan, dean of engineering and skilled trades at CVTC. “By working in partnership with our area manufacturing industries and our partners in the K-12 school systems, we can help industry adopt the latest technology and provide them with workers trained to use it. We are thankful to the National Science Foundation for supporting us in these efforts.”
Two of the grants were announced on Thursday, Aug. 8. The largest of the grants, for $599,737, will focus on the use of cyber-physical systems (CPS) in manufacturing. The award will allow CVTC to increase enrollment in in its Automation Engineering Technology, Industrial Mechanical Technician, and Information Technology-Network Specialist programs, and help local high school students to earn college credits for developing skills related to CPS technology.
PHOTO: CVTC Industrial Mechanic Instructor Tim Tewalt shows students the operation of a model robotic production line in the program lab. Three National Science Foundation grants will boost CVTC’s efforts in manufacturing education and provide benefits to area high schools as well.