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MCCC to Cut Ribbon on New Advanced Manufacturing Lab, Showcase High-Tech Programs Oct. 6
New drone program, computer tech academy, mobile broadcast unit featured


Digital Television Truck

Students with the MCCC Television and Digital Film program working inside the college's new mobile digital production truck.

Drone Demo on Quad

Representatives from ABJ Drones of Cranbury, N.J., demonstrated the versatility of modern drones during Club Day on the MCCC West Windsor Campus Quad.

Harry Bittner and Rich Vanderbilt

Instructors Harry Bittner, left, and Rich Vanderbilt discuss the equipment layout of MCCC's new Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory.

A video tour of MCCC's new 3,000-square-foot Advanced Manufacturing Technology lab.

WEST WINDSOR – From aerial drones to a mobile digital video unit, Mercer County Community College (MCCC) will showcase the latest in high-technology workforce development programs during an open house event to coincide with the ribbon cutting on the new Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory on the college’s West Windsor Campus.

The public is invited to the event, which will take place on Friday, Oct. 6, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Engineering Science Building on MCCC’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. The ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.

The Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory is a first of its kind in the region, with the next closest facility located in Camden. The state-of-the art laboratory features vertical and horizontal mills, Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) mills, lathes, CNC lathes, drill presses, vertical and horizontal band saws, surface grinder and power press. Students now have the option of earning a degree in Advanced Manufacturing Technology, a program that began with the Fall 2017 semester.

“It is crucial for manufacturing companies to recruit and employ individuals who know how to operate, troubleshoot, and maintain this equipment,” said Professor Rich Vanderbilt, coordinator of the new Advanced Manufacturing Technology program. “This program enables students to learn how to repeatedly create complex parts accurately using CNC equipment, no matter how large the quantity.”

Groundbreaking for the $1.2 million, 3,000-square-foot laboratory was in August 2016. It is the first major construction project on the West Windsor Campus since the Welcome Center was built in 2009. Funding for the project was made possible through the Building Our Future Bond Act approved by New Jersey voters in 2012.

In addition to the new Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory, the public will have the opportunity to see MCCC’s new mobile digital production and broadcast studio, made possible by a four-year, $100,000 grant from Dow Jones. MCCC’s Television and Digital Film students now have the opportunity to gain real-world experience in live, mobile production, and will be using the unit to broadcast and live stream local sporting events this fall.

MCCC will also showcase two brand new programs designed to give students real-world experience and skills: The new Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), or drone pilot certification program, and the Domain Tech Academy@Mercer.

The Domain Tech Academy, a partnership with Domain Computer Services, is a full-service operation located on the West Windsor Campus providing computer technical support for home, small business, and commercial customers. Paid student interns, under the supervision of Domain engineers, provide diagnostic and repair services for personal computers, hourly and contract technical support for businesses, and Smart Home services.

“Our partnership with MCCC is an innovative, collaborative effort between a local community college looking to ensure their students’ success and a local business providing quality, affordable services within the community,” said Rashaad Bajwa, CEO and president of Domain Computer Services.

The UAS program, which begins Oct. 24 with MCCC’s seven-week session, is a cooperative partnership with ABJ Drones. ABJ will provide instructors and the latest in hands-on drone technology for the program, and will include MCCC students in the company’s network of commercial drone pilots, with opportunities for employment upon completion of the UAS curriculum.

“Drones are a technological game changer in the way we solve problems, conduct business, innovate and view our world,” said Vip Jain, CEO of ABJ Drones. “We are on the cusp of a paradigm shift driven by the use of drones.”

ABJ will be working with Mercer Television and Digital Film students, utilizing drone technology to live stream the ribbon cutting and open house event on YouTube.

“These innovative partnerships, combined with the latest in cutting-edge technology, are what it takes to ensure student success in an increasingly-competitive workforce,” said MCCC President Dr. Jianping Wang. “Successful students lead to successful businesses. It’s a win-win for everyone.”


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