Eastern, ACM form Industrial Maintenance training partnership

LaVALE, Md.  Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College (Eastern) and Allegany College of Maryland (ACM) have signed an agreement that will allow Eastern students to take industrial maintenance training courses at ACM’s state-of-the-art Western Maryland Works Training Center and Makerspace in LaVale, Md.

The core industrial maintenance programs available to Eastern students are: Maintenance Operations, Basic Mechanical Systems, Basic Hydraulic Systems, Basic Pneumatic Systems, Electrical Systems, Electrical Control Systems, Process Control Systems, Maintenance Welding, and Maintenance Piping.

These core trainings can be taken as needed or stacked together to complete two certificate pathways – electrical or mechanical.

In addition to the core trainings, a FANUC robotics training course is available, as well as a comprehensive 10-month Manual and CNC Machinist I program.

West Virginia residents who register for any of these industrial maintenance trainings through Eastern may be eligible for financial support through the Higher Education Adult Part-Time Student (HEAPS) Workforce Development program. Eligible HEAPS students may receive up to $2,000 in funding to use for tuition, required testing, and required supplies.

The industrial maintenance partnership agreement was signed during ACM’s official dedication and ribbon cutting at the Western Maryland Works Training Center and Makerspace on Aug. 18 by Cynthia Bambara, Ph.D., president of ACM, and Thomas Striplin, Ed.D., president of Eastern.

Two people sit next to one another a a desk signing a piece of paper. The two are the presidents of two community colleges, and they are agreeing to a partnership so students of one school can take classes at the other school's locations.
Thomas Striplin, Ed.D., president of Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College, and Cynthia Bambara, Ph.D., president of Allegany College of Maryland, sign an industrial maintenance training partnership agreement on Aug. 18 during the dedication of the Western Maryland Works Training Center and Makerspace, located in LaVale, Md. The agreement allows Eastern students to take Industrial Maintenance training courses hosted by ACM at the Western Maryland Works facility.

“We’re grateful for our business and educational partnerships that make Western Maryland Works possible, including our newest Memorandum of Understanding with Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College,” said Bambara.  “This MOU is a prime example demonstrating the importance of collaboration instead of competition to better serve the educational and training needs of our community.”

Striplin echoed that sentiment in his comments. “This is a great example of how two institutions can collaborate to benefit the workforce in the region. We look forward to working with Allegany College through this partnership,” he said.

West Virginia residents interested in the industrial training program at Western Maryland Works can learn more at https://easternwv.edu/workforce-education, call 304-434-8000, or email WorkforceED@easternwv.edu

About Eastern

Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College, based in Moorefield, serves six counties in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia and offers academic programs and workforce training. Learn more about Eastern at https://easternwv.edu

About Western Maryland Works

Western Maryland Works, at 37 Lane Ave. in LaVale, is a satellite ACM campus facility that houses more than $3.5 million in state-of-the-art equipment. Learn more about the history of the facility and its available programs and equipment at https://www.allegany.edu/western-maryland-works/

About Allegany College of Maryland

Allegany College of Maryland, based in Cumberland, offers a range of academic, workforce, and continuing education programs, with operations in seven locations across Allegany and Garrett counties in Maryland, as well as Bedford and Somerset counties in Pennsylvania. Learn more about ACM at https://www.allegany.edu/