Kilgore College will host a ribbon cutting and grand opening of the new home of KC’s Advanced Manufacturing Institute & The University of Texas at Tyler’s Industrial Technology program.
The ribbon cutting is set for 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 25, at KC-Longview’s Hendrix Building, located at 300 S. High Street.
After the ribbon cutting, guests will be able to tour the new classroom space.
The Manufacturing Technologies program at KC will prepare students for careers in manufacturing with a focus on mechanical, electrical, machining and automation.
Degrees/certificates offered by KC will include a Manufacturing Technology Associate of Applied Science and two certificate programs: Manufacturing Certificate-Machining and Manufacturing Certificate-Mechanical Electrical.
The Manufacturing Technologies program was developed to fill a need that was identified by a regional advisory committee of area manufacturers.
KC worked with these industry partners to develop a training path that would lead to good paying jobs in the East Texas area.
“Students who complete this program can leave with the skills they need to enter into a career in a multitude of manufacturing areas in less than a year,” said D’Wayne Shaw, Kilgore College executive dean of professional and career education. “The program has also been designed to evolve with the ever-changing technologies in the manufacturing industry.”
UT Tyler will offer upper-level Industrial Technology courses at KC-Longview this fall and will continue expansion to include all upper-level courses at the KC-Longview location in the near future.
“We are excited about this move that will benefit Longview and Gregg County students seeking a four-year degree in industrial technology,” said Dr. Rodney Ellis, LUC director. “KC has a newly renovated industrial technology space at its KC-Longview campus that provides more dedicated shop space. This move also allows KC to have dedicated space at the LUC as part of our shared degree partnerships, which offers several four-year degrees in Longview.”
The change will additionally benefit KC students in the current industrial maintenance program as well as KC’s new manufacturing technology program that also begins in the fall, according to Shaw.
Through an agreement signed by both institutions last summer, students enrolled in specified KC programs can seamlessly transition to UT Tyler with the assurance that credits from these programs will be accepted by the university.
The unique partnership guarantees seamless pathways to include from KC’s associate degree programs to baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate degree programs offered by UT Tyler. Additionally, the LUC currently hosts KC students, allowing them access to UT Tyler services in Longview.
For more information on the KC Advanced Manufacturing Institute, visit www.kilgore.edu/manufacturing-industrial-tech.
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