GLCI historically utilized the technical expertise and experience of composite material, manufacturing process and application expertise leveraging partners with extensive background careers in these areas. From the early 1970’s academic training in polymer science and fiber reinforcement technologies were embedded in technical degree programs without major focus in a strongly emerging industry that required dedicated curriculums for next generation workforce resources applying their skills to composite product innovation. Europe was the first in taking a lead role offering certification 1 yr programs in composites and trained personnel ready to apply their skills in the mid 1980’s. Today colleges/organizations in the United States are integrating manufacturing and composites training leading to certifications at a growing rate. Bay Mills Community College have recently introduced “Introduction to Manufacturing Technologies” as an elective course with the intent to develop a 1 year certification degree via a series of courses by the spring semester of 2017. The present course is comprised of 9 lecture modules taught both onsite and online. The course has also been introduced to 5 Tribal College Universities in development of a manufacturing technologies 1 yr certificate with plans for integration into higher level degree programs. The course modules include:
Students will learn at a basic proficiency level how and what materials are compatible for specific manufacturing process technologies, product design, the product development process from concept to production, quality, design/engineering tools, employment opportunities, next generation materials and processes and product applications within the composites industry.