DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) – The U.S. Army Contracting Command-Rock Island (ACC-RI) has awarded a $1.78 million contract to the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) and Danville Community College (DCC) for a pilot project to develop a prototype training program, Accelerated Training in Defense Manufacturing (ATDM).
The base year of the contract from the Department of Defense (DoD) includes instructional staff and curriculum development to address workforce gaps for Defense Industrial Base companies.
“Thanks to this transformative opportunity from the DoD, the ATDM program will allow us to fill critical workforce gaps while building the capacity of our nation’s Defense Industrial Base. We are fortunate to be joined by exemplary partners—DCC, a leader in workforce development programs; Phillips Corporation, a champion of next-generation manufacturing solutions; and The SPECTRUM Group, a consulting firm experienced in the defense industry. I look forward to seeing the program grow under the leadership of IALR’s Troy Simpson, and I thank Sen. Mark Warner and other legislators for supporting these efforts.”Mark Gignac, Executive Director for IALR, the fiscal agent and ATDM program lead
The initial ATDM pilot will focus on the naval shipbuilding sector and will train skilled workers in the DIB skill gaps of CNC machining, welding, metrology/quality assurance and additive manufacturing.
ATDM offers universal application across the DIB and the inherent flexibility to be customized for specific manufacturing sectors.
It also addresses one of the top workforce development priorities of the DoD’s Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment program – the need to train skilled workers at scale and velocity to address skill caps and manpower shortages in the DIB.
“Congratulations to the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research and Danville Community College consortium for securing a $1.78 million award from the Department of Defense (DoD) for their workforce training pilot program, as part of DoD’s National Imperative for Industrial Skills (NIIS) Initiative, which aims to scale up workforce training for our nation’s defense industrial base. The Accelerated Training in Defense Manufacturing pilot program ramps up key skills such as welding, additive manufacturing and metrology, and serves as a model for our nation. Given significant gaps that exist in our nation’s defense industrial base, we must pursue innovative models of workforce training such as this one in order to meet our essential national security needs. I’m proud to have been part of today’s announcement, and commend all of the hard work that has gone into developing this program. I look forward to seeing the impact of this training in developing indispensable talent for naval shipbuilding. I’m also optimistic about the jobs that this pilot program will create during this difficult time, and the effect that those jobs will have on the regional economy.”Senator Mark Warner
IALR and DCC have partnered with one of the nation’s largest suppliers of state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment, the Phillips Corporation as well as the SPECTRUM Group, a leading defense consulting firm.
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