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Training & Apprentice Programs

Transitioning Military (TM):

CCAM trains TM and their spouses with a GO Virginia grant in mechatronics/automation


Training in mechatronics with Southside Virginia Community College funded by GO Virginia.


Since 2011, CCAM has accepted over 150 Interns from ODU, VSU, VCU, VT and UVA. VIDEO

Graduate Research Assistants (GRA):

CCAM has been matched with 10+ GRA’s - they apply their work at CCAM to their perspective advanced manufacturing graduate degrees.

Regional High Schools and Community Colleges

National Manufacturing Day: supporting 200 high school students (from 8 local high schools) to introduce them to careers in advanced manufacturing.


Old Dominion University (ODU) Batten College of Engineering and Technology Dr. Dhali and Dr. Chitikeshi created a Robotic curriculum to add to an existing John Tyler Community College Mechatronics Associates Degree, with the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute (CCAM was prime).

All ages:

Science Museum of Virginia (SMV) project:

    • CCAM Volunteers designed and programmed an ARC 5 Kuka “Painting Robot” for SMV’s in Forge Exhibit. VIDEO

CCAM Programs in-Progress

CCAM is in the process of creating an Advanced Manufacturing Academy with Richard Bland College of William and Mary with local High School and Community Colleges. For students, incumbent workers, service members and their families, as well as trainees interested in career switching or up skilling. A new Advanced Manufacturing facility will be located on CCAM’s campus.

Our Vision
Here’s what the future CCAM/RBC Advanced Manufacturing Academy looks like.

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.


  • Advanced Manufacturing Academy Training and Education Subway Map:

“After 20 years of serving my country in the Army as a tank mechanic, I found myself getting ready to retire and enter into the civilian work force. I knew I was going to be staying here in the Virginia area after retirement and was worried about finding employment. I heard about CCAM’s Transitioning Veterans’ Program and was very intrigued. The program provided the opportunity for me to get accredited training, certification, and a job in the well-paying advanced manufacturing sector all while still on active duty. After four and a half months of training, I landed a new job and found a new start for me and my family. Today I work at Erodex Inc., and was recently promoted to production manager after only 12 months.”

Jason Cates
Erodex, Inc.
U.S. Army Veteran Sergeant First Class

Hands-on Training Matching Innovative Manufacturing Needs

There’s a U.S. manufacturing renaissance being fueled by rising labor costs overseas and automation here at home. Jobs in today’s advanced manufacturing industry are attractive; they pay well and require less strain and more brain. Industry’s challenge is finding skilled workers to fill the jobs in these next-generation factories; they need high-quality education and hands-on training that aligns closely with the innovative work happening on factory floors. That’s where the Advanced Manufacturing Academy comes in. By providing a world-class training program that works together with industry, it helps upskill current workforces and provides a pipeline of factory-ready workers for future growth.


High-Quality Education and Certification

Companies are setting up shop in Virginia and posting advanced manufacturing jobs that require specialized skills over a four-year college degree. For those looking for a pathway out from a minimum wage job, this means an opportunity for a good paying job without racking up years of student loan debt. The CCAM/RBC Advanced Manufacturing Academy provides training and certifications needed to gain promising employment in high-demand positions with leading advanced manufacturers.

Advanced Manufacturing Academy Workforce Development Ecosystem

Our History

Our training centers are already up and running throughout Virginia. In partnership with the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission (TRRC), CCAM stood up two programs: the Transitioning Veterans Program and the Centers of Excellence Program.

Transitioning Veterans Program
In 2015, CCAM launched the Transitioning Veterans Program to help active duty soldiers and veterans prepare for and transition to civilian life. 100% of the program graduates received full time employment offers in advanced manufacturing.

Centers of Excellence Program
CCAM has three Centers of Excellence (CoEs) in operation across southern Virginia. These CoEs provide training in machining, welding and mechatronics in partnership with nine community colleges, industry partners and workforce development boards.

The workforce development network consists of three COEs with technologically advanced equipment, four satellite sites, seven distance learning centers, and collaborations with eight community colleges and CCAM. To date, the network has trained over 1,000 students.


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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