Plattsburgh – Clinton Community College, in partnership with the Peru Central School District, is offering an exciting week-long summer academy for high school students entering grades 9 through 12.

The IAM Summer Academy will showcase the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing at Clinton, and students will gain hands-on experience using equipment housed in the building.

Instructors will include CCC faculty members and other local experts, sharing their industry knowledge on equipment stations around the facility.

Companies sponsoring and participating in the Academy include Upstone Materials, Bombardier Transportation, Swarovski Lighting, Plattco and Mold-Rite Plastics.

"This is an excellent opportunity for our local high school students to experience the different areas of the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and what Clinton Community College can offer in regards to technical certifications, training and degree programs," Ray DiPasquale, CCC president, said.

"Also having local manufacturing and industries come to campus to share their insights with the students and what they do at their respective companies will be an exciting opportunity.”

Peru Central School District Superintendent Tom Palmer said he was excited for their students.

"What a great opportunity to be in an academy that is taking place in Clinton’s state-of-the-art facility," Palmer said.

"Students will be introduced to the latest trends in advanced manufacturing and have the opportunity to participate in virtual welding, 3-D printing and robotics and shown how they have been incorporated into manufacturing. This is a great opportunity for our students to gain a better understanding of our local business in the North Country.”

Leaders of the program believe the IAM Summer Academy presents a unique opportunity.

The chance for students to learn about area businesses, experience hands-on learning with the most advanced equipment available, and meet employers in our region is an opportunity not afforded in a lot of areas.

Students will receive instruction and hands-on experience with the virtual reality welder, 3-D printing, robotics, how to use hand tools, crimping, torque, and proper safety techniques.

The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing Summer Academy will take place July 22 to 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The cost is $30 for the week-long session, which includes lunch each day.

The deadline to register for the program is July 1.

Information on the academy can be found at or you can call the CCC President’s Office at 518-562-4100.