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Manufacturing Academy

The Manufacturing Academy is an industry-driven program at Catawba Valley Community College, developed by 25 partner companies from across Catawba County, and designed to prepare students for manufacturing positions currently in high demand by many of the region’s largest employers.

3 photos of a student repairing equipment, a CNC plasma cutter, and two students in safety gear


Students that complete this program will be fast-tracked for open positions with sponsoring companies.

The course introduces students to the basic concepts of manufacturing and careers with local companies. Program Modules include:

  • Manufacturing Overview (42 Hours)
  • Problem Solving (9 Hours)
  • Math and Measurements (24 Hours)
  • Teamwork and Communication (9 Hours)
  • Safety (12 Hours)
  • Introduction to Lean/Continuous Improvement/TQM/Six Sigma Overview and ISO Certifications (9 Hours)

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To find out more about the program, register for the class, and learn about scholarship opportunities please contact us at (828) 327-7000, ext. 4294.

Local companies involved in creating and supporting the Manufacturing Academy include:


Advance Pierrie Foods logo Geiger logo
 GKN Driveline logo  HSM Solutions logo
 rmp roll-tech molding products, llc logo  Sarstedt Logo
 Sherrill Furniture Made in America since 1946  Shuretape logo
 Sutter Street MFG. INC., a division of Williams-Sonoma, Inc.  Technibilt, A Wanzl Company
 Turbotec logo  

United Beverages of North Carolins, LLC

 WestRock Logo  Vanguard Furniture logo
 ZF Lemford logo  Commscope logo
 mediumRARE  Full Metal Chicken