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Manufacturing Academy

The Manufacturing Academy is an industry-driven program at Catawba Valley Community College, developed by 25 partner companies from across Catawba County, and designed to prepare students for manufacturing positions currently in high demand by many of the region’s largest employers.

Manufacturing Academy


Students that complete this program will be fast-tracked for open positions with sponsoring companies.

The course introduces students to the basic concepts of manufacturing and careers with local companies. Program Modules include:

  • Manufacturing Overview (42 Hours)
  • Problem Solving (9 Hours)
  • Math and Measurements (24 Hours)
  • Teamwork and Communication (9 Hours)
  • Safety (12 Hours)
  • Introduction to Lean/Continuous Improvement/TQM/Six Sigma Overview and ISO Certifications (9 Hours)

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To find out more about the program, register for the class, and learn about scholarship opportunities please contact us at (828) 327-7000, ext. 4294.

Local companies involved in creating and supporting the Manufacturing Academy include:


Advance Pierrie Foods Geiger
 CKN Driveline  Hickory Springs Manufacturing
 rmp roll-tech molding products, llc  
 Sherrill Furniture  Shuretape
 Sutter Street MFG. INC.  Technibilt

United Beverages

 WestRock  Vanguard Furniture
 ZF Lemford  Commscope
 mediumRARE  Full Metal Chicken