Governor to speak at EvCC AMTEC addition celebration

Oct 12, 2016
Courtesy of: Everett Community College Everett Community College student Erika Casteel learns about mechatronics at the college’s Advanced Manufacturing Training & Education Center (AMTEC). The center was recently expanded 17,000 square feet to add classrooms and a new mechatronics lab.

Gov. Jay Inslee will join Everett Community College in celebrating the $2.5 million expansion of EvCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Training & Education Center on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

The celebration is scheduled for 9 a.m. at the center, which shares space with Providence Regional Medical Center business offices, at 909 N. Broadway. All are welcome.

“As the manufacturing industry continues to evolve, EvCC strives to be ahead of the curve,” said EvCC President David Beyer. “By providing training for tomorrow's jobs, we hope to help close the skills gap with graduates who not only fill jobs, but excel on all levels because of the innovative approach to training at AMTEC.”

The expansion, which took about six months to complete, added 17,000 square feet to the center to make it 54,000 square feet.

The new space includes eight classrooms and a lab for EvCC’s new mechatronics technician program. Mechatronics is the technology that combines electronics and mechanical engineering.

The two-year-old center is also home to the college’s precision machining, welding and fabrication, engineering technician, composites and pre-employment programs.

“We are very proud of the space and the advanced level of training that we are able to provide to students because of it,” said Sheila Dunn, EvCC vice president of corporate and workforce training.

Enrollment in AMTEC programs increased 15 percent in 2014 with the opening of the center. The mechatronics program is full for fall quarter.

AMTEC serves more than 200 manufacturing industry employers in Snohomish County. All programs are short, stackable (individual credentials from different content areas connect to each other) and lead to a professional certificate or college degree.

The center teaches students about the manufacturing process from start to finish as they complete interdisciplinary projects like creating unmanned aerial vehicles, rockets, robots and paddle boards.

Along the way, students learn workplace skills such as teamwork with diverse groups and applying knowledge to real-world settings.

Visit to learn more about the center and for a list of upcoming program information sessions.

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