Chattahoochee Valley Community College has received a $45,000 grant from the Alabama Community College System to purchase three-dimensional printers for career technical programs in visual communication and applied technology.
Those programs will use the 3D printers to produce models of parts, objects and prototypes needed for testing the aesthetics, ergonomics and functions of designs, CVCC applied technology instructor Clint Langley said in a news release.
"These processes equip students for rapidly emerging industry techniques in automotive technology, industrial maintenance, sustainable construction, HVAC, visual/industrial design and welding," he said.
The grant is part of CVCC's transition into an institution that does more than academically prepare students to transfer.
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"In a three-year period, we've had 19 completers in applied technology," Langley said, "and all 19 are employed in their field."
CVCC interim president Valerie Richardson said in the news release, "Our goal is to provide career technical options for dual enrollment, traditional students and nontraditional students. We pride ourselves in offering educational and training opportunities that lead to stable employment for future generations."