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Washtenaw & Wayne Community Colleges to Offer Connected-Vehicle Training

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Washtenaw Community College is teaming up with Wayne County Community College to provide training for skilled professionals in the development of connected and automated vehicles at the American Center for Mobility in Ypsilanti.

 

WCC has leased space for an office from the Wayne County Airport Authority to focus on training for new and incumbent workers, including customized training for employers or university engineering programs. The office is expected to open in June 2017.

 

The consortium also will work on developing career pathways to a certificate or associate degree for skilled professionals or for students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university. Programs for K-12 students in science, technology, engineering and math are being considered as well.

 

"This will enable us to develop workforce training curricula and provide experiential learning opportunities for students hand-in-hand with industry to ensure that our education and training programs meet the needs of employers for the emerging jobs in the mobility industry," WCC President Rose Bellanca said in a news release.

 

Areas of focus for the consortium include vehicle-to-vehicle communications, vehicle design, quality control and advanced vehicle manufacturing; vehicle-to-infrastructure, data management, cyber security, computer systems and programming, data analytics and vehicle testing; and transportation systems such as global distribution, supply chain and logistics.

 

WCC is leasing space on the ACM campus at Willow Run Airport through Wayne County Airport Authority. The agreement will provide WCC with access to major automotive, IT and telecommunications companies working to transform the transportation industry through the development of vehicle-to-everything and connected and automated vehicle technologies.

 

"Dr. Bellanca and the team at Washtenaw Community College are well positioned to play a leadership part because of their active role in understanding what is coming and developing programs to respond," said Paul Krutko, president and CEO, Ann Arbor SPARK, in a release. Krutko also serves as treasurer on the board of the ACM. "Ensuring our future workforce is ready to address the new career opportunities and changes that the connected and autonomous vehicle industries will create is important to our long-term economic success."

 

In November, it was announced the former Willow Run site where war planes were once manufactured would be the future home for testing automated and connected vehicles.

 

Designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation as one of the first national proving grounds in the country, the ACM is a nonprofit testing and product development facility for future mobility, designed to enable safe validation of connected and automated vehicle technology, and accelerate the development of voluntary standards.

Read the Full Article at mlive.com.

2018-01-01
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