Contact: Cherie Ronayne
Office of Institutional Communications
cronayne [at] qcc.mass.edu
Worcester, MA – October 2, 2014 – QCC will celebrate Manufacturing Day on October 3, a nationwide event designated by the National Association of Manufacturers to increase public awareness about the value of manufacturing in the U.S. economy and the opportunities available in a manufacturing career.
The event includes speakers, displays, demonstrations, a film screening and much more! Scheduled speakers include the founder of Running Start, a collaborative workspace for entrepreneurs, startups, and innovative minds, Ryan Leary; and Kevin Harrington, founder of Technocopia, a maker space in Worcester. Visit www.runningstartinc.com and http://technocopia.org/ for more information on these unique collaboratives.
Lee Duerden, QCC’s Assistant Professor of Manufacturing Technology and Coordinator of the Manufacturing Technology Program will demonstrate the CUBE 3-D printer, one of two 3-D printers in use in QCC’s Manufacturing Technology program. The program also employs a Dimension Elite 3-D printer, a new $40k machine used to teach students a variety of concepts from solid modeling, design visualization and material strengths to working assemblies and much more. This advanced technology is currently in use in many industrial manufacturing environments for a variety of different applications that QCC students gain knowledge of in the Manufacturing Technology program.
In addition to the day’s activities, the event features a free screening of the film, Underwater Dreams, the inspirational story of a rag-tag team of high school students from a Title I school who learn robotics and enter a robotics competition with no sponsors and no financing but their own. The film is an epic, rousing tale of how four students, sons of Mexican immigrants, learned to build an underwater robot from Home Depot parts and defeat engineering powerhouse MIT in the process. It’s described as “hilarious,” “brilliant“ and “not to be missed.” (www.underwaterdreamsfilm.com) The film was narrated by actor Michael Pena and executive producers include Jeb Bush and Jackie and Mike Bezos (parents of Amazon.com founder, Jeff Bezos) of the Bezos Family Foundation.
The Popular Science Channel show “How It’s Made” will also be shown in back-to-back episodes throughout the event at the Fuller Student Center.
Worcester is home to a diverse and rich industrial heritage whose manufacturing industry is currently experiencing a renaissance. QCC offers a variety of degree and certificate programs in Manufacturing while fully supporting students and activities that showcase the variety, challenge, creativity and success that can be found in employment in the available, diverse manufacturing fields.
For more information on the event and Manufacturing Technology degrees and certificates at QCC, visit www.QCC.edu/academics/engineering-technology.
Manufacturing Day Event:
Friday, October 3, 2014
QCC Worcester, 670 West Boylston Street
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Quinsigamond Community College is the most affordable higher education in Worcester County. As a regional leader in education and workforce development, QCC serves the diverse educational needs of Central Massachusetts by providing affordable, accessible, and high quality programming leading to transfer, career, and lifelong learning.