The Great Bay Community College heron represents, among other things, the college’s home in the Great Bay area, as well as forward motion and upward mobility of its students and the community, faculty, staff, and community partners.
The idea to for this visual representation stemmed from a vital and universal element of advanced manufacturing: CAD/CAM technology. On a grid, points were plotted and shaded to mimic extruded shapes. A 3D bird was born.
The heron breathes life into the message of “High Tech. High Demand. High Pay.” Opportunities abound for students of Great Bay’s Advanced Technology & Academic Center.
The Advanced Technology & Academic Center (ATAC) is the newest campus of Great Bay Community College, with a focus on highly technical composites manufacturing training to serve job seekers, career builders and business owners. ATAC also offers a broad array of courses in other academic fields.
Advanced manufacturing is part of New Hampshire’s largest industry sector, making up 19% of the state’s economy and paying out $6.4 billion in wages/benefits annually to 80,000 employees.
(Smart Mfg. and High Tech Lead N.H. Economy, March 2011, N.H. Center for Public Policy.)
Advanced manufacturers in New Hampshire and surrounding states are in great need of highly skilled employees, and ATAC is the place to get customized training.
ATAC offers 17,000 square feet of classroom, computer, academic support and state-of-the-art technology laboratories. In addition to Advanced Manufacturing courses, students can also take other Great Bay courses and start a degree in programs like business, marketing, computer science and more.
Staff is prepared to serve 500-plus students each semester.
ATAC offers a wide array of credit and non-credit courses.
Advanced Manufacturing courses can fulfill hands-on training needs for area manufacturers who are in need of skilled workers.
Today's manufacturing employees earn higher wages and receive more generous benefits than other working Americans. Most of the difference in compensation is due to the fact that manufacturers provide a higher level of benefits for workers than do other industries, including paid leave, supplemental pay and insurance.
Manufacturing Institute, MAPI, NAM, Facts About Manufacturing (2011)
Advanced Composites Manufacturing courses are part of a four-tier program:
Build hard and soft skills including problem solving, teamwork, conflict resolution, math, reading and comprehension.
Gain blueprint reading, applied math, computer, safety skills and industry expertise.
Choose from a range of eight advanced manufacturing concentrations:
Paint operator, weaving technician & preform finishing, resin transfer molding, bonding/finishing operator, quality inspector and coordinate measuring machine (CMM) operator, composites milling/CNC set-up operator, composites repair technician, high performance composites fabrication.
Pursue opportunities to build leadership and advanced technology skills; pursue an associate’s degree in Technical Studies and transfer credits to four-year institutions on your way to earning advanced degrees.
High Tech. High Demand. High Pay.
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