VTC Receives $ 7.9 Million for Advanced Manufacturing Facility
Friday, September 4, 2020
Posted by: Jeff Couture
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Vice Chair of the Senate
Appropriations Committee, and Vermont Technical College (Vermont Tech)
President Patricia Moulton announced a $7.969 million contract
awarded to Vermont Tech from the U.S. Army’s Industrial Base Analysis
and Sustainment (IBAS) office as part of its National Imperative for
Industrial Skills. The contract, which has an additional $4 million
option, will establish the first advanced manufacturing education,
research and development facility in Vermont.
The new center, located in Randolph Center, Vt., will bring together
students, faculty, and Vermont manufacturers to educate the
next-generation workforce in cutting-edge additive manufacturing
engineering and design and support manufacturing innovation. After
conversations with Vermont businesses and Vermont Tech, Leahy secured
funding for the IBAS program in the Fiscal Year 2020 Department of
Defense Appropriations Bill. The grant comes at a time when Vermont and
the nation are experiencing a critical shortage of manufacturing
capability and workforce, and while the state’s postsecondary attainment
needs continue to grow.
The U.S. Army’s IBAS program is designed to
strategically invest in the civilian manufacturing design, engineering,
and production sector to ensure capability in the event of a national
emergency. The center will further tailor Vermont Tech’s educational
programs to the real-world needs of Vermont manufacturers.
Vermont Tech has worked to
respond to the changing skill needs in manufacturing. Using a grant
from the Defense Department’s Office of Economic Adjustment, Vermont
Tech and the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
launched the Vermont Manufacturing Collaborative (VT-MC), a partnership
of manufacturers dedicated to supporting growth of design, prototyping,
and production using additive manufacturing, a set of state-of-the-art
techniques that allow products to be built to exacting specifications,
in record time. With the funding from IBAS, Vermont Tech will expand
its advanced manufacturing engineering labs with critical new equipment
and staff. The grant will also allow the further expansion of VT-MC,
which will use the new equipment and renovated facilities for
prototyping, test-bed development, and small batch manufacturing.
Read the full press release here.