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About CCAM/RBC Advanced Manufacturing Academy

CCAM and RBC are creating the Advanced Manufacturing Academy to help Virginians and Virginia businesses. It’s that simple.

  • We will train unemployed or underemployed citizens to learn new skills and take home bigger paychecks.
  • We will bolster the state’s advanced manufacturing industry by creating a reliable pipeline of workers with factory-ready skills and credentials.

Through a collaboration between industry leaders, government and education stakeholders, the Advanced Manufacturing Academy will enable Virginia to fill a crucial gap in the workforce skills development continuum as well as upskill incumbent workers who seek further credentialing and career advancement. Plans for the Academy building are underway on the CCAM campus located in Prince George County, Virginia.

Academy trainees will gain certifications in advanced manufacturing trades, specifically in middle-skill occupations such as:

  • mechatronics
  • robotics
  • machining

Students will gain access to cutting-edge, industry-driven curricula, which will collectively enhance the advanced manufacturing ecosystem. This innovative experiential learning program allows students to gain credentials and training in high-tech occupations through an earn-while-you-learn model that combines structured classroom and virtual instruction. Program development will offer stackable credentials from dual enrollment to industry certificates, career studies certification, associate degrees, and partnerships with 4-year universities for advanced degrees.

The curriculum incorporates apprenticeships, internships, job shadowing, into a multifaceted education pathway mapping approach.

We define this education map to include learners from high school dual or concurrent enrollment programs, industry certificate earners, academic career certificates, associate degrees, 4-year bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and Ph.D.  For example: learners such as students, incumbent workers, transitioning military and their family members will have as many entry points opportunities as exit points to allow them to qualify for lucrative entry level position and to return at any time to further develop their career in the advanced manufacturing industry.


At capacity, the Academy will supply up to 200 trainees a year into Virginia’s workforce, developing a brand of high-quality and highly skilled graduates upon which employers can rely.


Our Team


William T. Powers III, CCAM President & CEO

Lorin S. Sodell, CCAM Business Leader for Machining and Factory Development

Betsey Odell, CCAM Director of Developmnet: Programs and Communications




Dr. Debbie L. Sydow,  President of Richard Bland College of William & Mary

J. Tyler Hart, Ph.D., RBC Chief Development Officer

Stacey Sokol, RBC Program Manager, Strategic Initiatives

Joanne Williams, RBC Director of Government Relations & Communications




American manufacturers post in-demand jobs that go unfilled every day. CCAM/RBC Advanced Manufacturing Academy wants your help to change that – for the veteran, for the displaced worker, and for our youth marginalized by the escalating cost of higher education.

Help us break ground on the innovative CCAM/RBC Advanced Manufacturing  Academy and bring good paying jobs to Virginia. Custom sponsorship opportunities, including cash and in-kind equipment and software donations, are available.

Contact us today: 1-804-722-3700


“The CCAM/RBC Advanced Manufacturing Academy will create solid, middle class jobs for Virginians and boost economic development for the Commonwealth. And as Virginia stands up a more robust, qualified manufacturing workforce, more businesses will choose to invest here.”

- William Powers, CEO, CCAM

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