Bluefield State College celebrates grand opening of new manufacturing labs

Mercer County

After receiving over $1 million grant more than a year ago, The Center for Excellence in Manufacturing and Engineering (CEME) is now open to students and the public.

Renovated labs now feature research equipment such as, access machines, 3D Printers and robotics.

Executive Director of the CEME, Jeff McFadden, told 59 News the school decided to create the center when faculty realized a large percentage of graduates were going on to work for manufacturing engineering firms.

“The biggest thing that is hindering the growth of local manufacturing companies is having skilled people that can come in and do the job,” McFadden stressed. “They look for skilled engineers, technicians and we can provide those, that is what will be our product or what we produce out of the lab and out of the center.”

This will all be part of the new Bachelor of Science Degree in manufacturing engineering which the school will offer in the spring. Displaced coal miners will also be able to take classes in order to re-train.

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