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Success, by any measure Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence matches needs of students with those of businesses By Barney Quick n photos by Joe Harpring

It’s a bit amazing that one building can provide so much value for such an array of southeastern Indiana stakeholders, but that’s what the Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence has been doing since its June 2011 opening. Three schools, a variety of corporations and a growing number of aspirants to manufacturing careers are making use of every one of the 43,000 square feet of the structure. “I’ve worked in two other Ivy Tech regions, and the center is a truly unique facility,” says Steven Combs, interim chancellor for Ivy Tech Community College’s Columbus region. “It’s a great showcase and venue for collaboration.” Top right: The Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence holds the key to replication: proper technique and equipment. The center is a hands-and-mindson experience for students and researchers. Below: The main entrance.

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Business Connection July 2014