PLATTSBURGH — It's like the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing in miniature.
The 20-foot trailer, dubbed the Clinton Mobile Classroom, is outfitted with a range of technology and equipment that is also found in the IAM building at Clinton Community College.
"The exciting new initiative," a press release from CCC said, "reflects a partnership between Clinton’s Institute for Advanced Manufacturing, local schools and industry to deliver advanced manufacturing education onsite at different locations."
It hit the road near the end of the school year but managed to fit in a gig at AuSable Valley Central School.
And it was showed off at last week's North Country Chamber of Commerce Business Expo at the Plattsburgh State Field House last week.
“Advanced manufacturing is critical to our region,” CCC President Ray M. DiPasquale said in a press release.
“The Clinton Mobile Classroom is an innovative approach to education and outreach, allowing us to bring training to different sites and build awareness around the region.
"Clinton is so grateful to our partners for their continued support of the IAM, and now for helping make the Mobile Classroom a reality.”
The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing, built on the CCC campus with $12.7 million through the 2020 Challenge Grant program, opened in September 2017.
It's a platform for training to feed workers to the region's growing transportation and aerospace cluster.
The Clinton Mobile Classroom has been in development stages since the inception of the IAM building, CCC said.
"The goal is to bring training on site to different locations, as well as to use the trailer as a means of spreading awareness of the capabilities of advanced manufacturing," the release said.
The design of the Mobile Classroom is flexible so that equipment can be moved around and customized, depending on its destination and curriculum.
The trailer also features solar panels on the roof, as a means of powering the equipment when on the road.
WORLD CLASS LEARNING
Numerous partners provided varying levels of sponsorship, the release said, contributing funding, products and equipment, or services.
Among them was Beekmantown Central School District.
“By working with CCC and investing in the Clinton Mobile Classroom, BCSD believes that we can better provide world class learning opportunities for our students to gain the skills necessary to access the career pathways found globally and within our diverse local economy," BCS Superintendent Daniel Mannix said in the release.
"This should help return the investment to our students, families, taxpayers and global companies right here in the Beekmantown School District."
Other partners are: The Development Corporation, NAmTrans/Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce, Lincoln Electric, Snap On Tools, NovaBus, Key-RD Trailer Sales and Seifert Graphics.
"The programs and capabilities of the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing at Clinton Community College are a milestone in helping our manufacturers with their skills needs and helping our area residents prepare for the new jobs now available," said North Country Chamber President Garry Douglas in the release.
"This Mobile Classroom will help to bring IAM to our schools and potentially to employers going forward."
Lincoln Electric is committed to supporting skills-related training, the release noted.
The firm, said Connor Meehan in the release, "has always valued our partnerships with educational institutions
"The Clinton Mobile Classroom, along with the IAM at CCC, are exceptional new facilities and programs that we are thrilled to be a part of and help grow in order to provide alternative educations to young minds today.”