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Valdosta gets high-tech training

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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -  Valdosta Technical College students will learn how to use high tech manufacturing equipment in a new education center. The HAAS Technical Education Center is the first in Georgia.

The Industrial Authority says this new equipment and training that comes with it will attract new business to the area.

It takes building blocks to recruit high tech manufacturing industries and our area is on its way.

"You've got to make sure you have an adequately trained workforce then you have to have infrastructure in place so we've started here with this and it's going to be a big asset for us," Brad Lofton of the Valdosta/Lowndes Industrial Authority. 

 Val Tech, the Industrial Authority, and Steeda Autoparts worked together to bring the HAAS Technical Educational Center to Valdosta.

The Industrial Authority says this type of training will attract new business to the area.

Instructors have already been trained on how to use the equipment and students have already been using simulation software.

 "The traditional method would be what we call a manual programming machinery. An operator would turn the dials back and forth," said Dr. Ron O'Meara, Dean/Val Tech.   

Students will start using the machines next week. "Our students can take courses off of this equipment we can do training for high school students, we can do training for business and industry people," said  O'Meara.

The college purchased two of the six pieces of equipment in the showroom which both use computer numerical code.

"CNC is used in aviation, aerospace and automotive type of high technology," said Lofton.

The flatwork mill machine can be programmed to create designs like the medallion worn by Val Tech President Ray Perren.

Heavy machinery and even small electronics like the IPOD are designed on similar equipment.

Instructors say students graduating the machine tool program will have the hands-on skills to step right into the workforce.

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