Okuma America Corporation and Madison Area Technical College Partner to Train the Next Generation of Machinists and Programmers

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MATC Now a Regional Training Center for Okuma Offering CNC Machine Tool Training and an Okuma Student Certification Program

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The partnership will provide a workforce pool to the local industry base that has the skills required to perform CNC related jobs.

Okuma America Corporation, a world-leader in CNC machine tool manufacturing, and Madison Area Technical College (MATC), a member of Partners in THINC, today announced their partnership to provide superior CNC education to students. The three-year partnership will deliver high quality hands-on training in service, repair, operation, programming, application and maintenance of Okuma machines as part of MATC’s machinist certificate and degree programs.

Madison Area Technical College, located in Madison, Wisconsin, will offer training led by NIMS certified, Level 1 instructors on Okuma CNC machines and simulators in the college’s new Ingenuity Center. In addition to providing equipment, Okuma will assist in developing content and programs that are aligned with Okuma’s workforce goals. “We’re pleased to join forces with MATC in CNC education. This partnership will provide a workforce pool to the local industry base that has the skills required to perform CNC related jobs,” said Lisa Rummel, chief financial officer at Okuma America.

Ribbon cutting ceremonies showcasing the Ingenuity Center will be held at MATC on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at 3:30 p.m. Please visit madisoncollege.edu/aset-open-house for more information and to RSVP.

About Okuma America Corporation:
Okuma America Corporation is the U.S.-based sales and service affiliate of Okuma Corporation, a world leader in CNC (computer numeric control) machine tools, founded in 1898 in Nagoya, Japan. The company is the industry’s only single-source provider, with the CNC machine, drive, motors, encoders, spindle and CNC control all manufactured by Okuma. Okuma’s innovative and reliable technology, paired with comprehensive, localized service protection, allows users to run continuously with confidence – maximizing profitability. Along with its industry-leading distribution network (largest in the Americas), and Partners in THINC®, Okuma facilitates quality, productivity and efficiency, empowering the customer and enabling competitive advantage in today’s demanding manufacturing environment. For more information, visit http://www.okuma.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @OkumaAmerica.

About Madison Area Technical College:

Madison College: Entering its second century of promise    

With campuses in Madison, Fort Atkinson, Portage, Reedsburg and Watertown, Madison College serves more than 40,000 students throughout a 12-county district in south central Wisconsin. The second-largest institution in the Wisconsin Technical College System, Madison College has earned national distinction for its accessible, high-quality general education and hands-on career and technical training programs. Technical and liberal arts education, adult basic education, continuing education and customized training for employers are among the college’s offerings. Madison College, which marked its centennial in 2012, boasts more than 135 diverse career programs and certificates in cutting-edge areas such as biotechnology, event marketing, digital forensics, sustainability and mobile application development. The college has 134 program-to-program, flexible credit agreements with 30 four-year universities that grant students full credit toward a bachelor’s degree. More students transfer from Madison College to the University of Wisconsin-Madison than from any other institution in the state.

Thanks to public support for a $133.7 million building referendum in 2010, Madison College students are benefiting from extensive facilities and upgrades that are conducive to inquiry, investigation and discovery. New and renovated facilities have been completed at each of the college’s regional campuses and at the college’s flagship Truax campus in Madison. These facilities include a new Health Education Center, Protective Services Education Center, Innovation Center and Campus Gateway. To learn more, visit madisoncollege.edu.

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