HCC Hosts Meeting with Local Industry Leaders
Haywood Community College’s Regional High Technology Center recently hosted a meeting with local industry leaders to discuss their current and future needs. The goal of the meeting was to determine how HCC can assist these businesses.
The meeting was a way to demonstrate the college’s commitment to local industry and economic development by raising awareness and recognizing each industry’s priorities.
Dr. Aiken, HCC Interim President, told the group, “An important function of HCC is our service to business and industry. Many in our community are not aware of the services provided by the Regional High Technology Center. Today you will learn about the services we can provide to you, and how we are trying to help promote industry in Haywood County by retaining the jobs we have and recruiting new industries.”
Participants were updated on HCC’s North Carolina Advanced Manufacturing Alliance, the upcoming National Advanced Manufacturing Week of April 9, the Customized Industry Program, updates to the Advanced Technology degree programs and the upcoming grant from the National Science Foundation. In addition, there was a tour of the Regional High Technology Center.
Dr. Aiken facilitated a discussion of the industry participants on the issues facing their organizations. Issues discussed included recruiting for new advanced technology faculty, how HCC could reduce the cycle time between an industry request and providing the training, how to increase the number of industry internships and other industry experiences for students, the need to add lean and continuous improvement into the student training, and methods to increase the communication between industries in the region.
Follow up by the college includes working with industry to develop targeted short term training programs, setting up apprenticeships and internships, and increased communication with and between industries in the region.