(Elizabethtown, KY) - Metalsa and Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC) have established a new state-of-the-art robotics training facility at ECTC.
The Metalsa Robotics Training Center at ECTC includes robotic manufacturing work stations, a computer classroom and an office suite. The 1,200-sq.-ft. facility is housed in the Occupational-Technical Building at ECTC. Metalsa and ECTC provided equipment, and the college designed space and secured technology to support the new center.
Initially, Metalsa will use the center to train current and new employees, as well as members of ECTC’s technical programs faculty, on the FANUC robot, a commonly used robot in industrial manufacturing. In 2014, ECTC will incorporate the equipment into its academic and workforce development curriculum.
“We are pleased to partner with ECTC to both expand the expertise of our employees and to improve the skills of future students.” said Metalsa Plant Manager Ken Brune, adding that “the high quality of training our employees are receiving here will go a long way to ensure the success of our future product launches.”
The new training facility will have an immediate, positive impact on ECTC and the college’s 12-county service region, according to ECTC President/Chief Executive Officer Dr. Thelma J. White.
“Metalsa and ECTC both have made a significant investment in technical program education at the college,” Dr. White said. “Thanks to the company’s generosity, we will upgrade our technical faculty’s expertise, expand and update instruction for students who enroll in our technical programs, and provide additional specialized training opportunities for the region’s workforce.
“We are pleased to welcome Metalsa into the ECTC family of business and industry partners who share the vision of an educated citizenry and a better quality of life for individuals and families.”
Dr. Tom Davenport, ECTC’s dean of Workforce Solutions, noted that the new robotics training facility will be an important tool in the economic development of Hardin and surrounding counties.
“New business and industry development throughout the region is a priority for ECTC,” Dr. Davenport said. “The Robotics Training Center will help us prepare the region’s workforce for the high demand, high wage jobs of tomorrow and help position us to better compete in the global marketplace.”