National Manufacturing Day Open House at MCC

Arizona Advanced Manufacturing Institute Offers Tours

MESA, Arizona – The Arizona Advanced Manufacturing Institute (AzAMI) at Mesa Community College (MCC) is celebrating National Manufacturing Day by opening its doors to the community. Guided tours of its enhanced machining, processing and additive manufacturing labs will be offered between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 at MCC’s Southern and Dobson campus (1833 W. Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85202). Parking is available in southeast Lot D.

The AzAMI at MCC was established in the fall of 2013, responding to the immediate and future needs of industries including drafting, machining, automation, welding and electronics. AzAMI increased its capacity to train students using the infusion of a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and $400,000, a portion of the $1.4 million Maricopa Community Colleges received to bolster educational efforts in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) across key industry sectors. AzAMI will provide veterans, trade-impacted workers and others with the knowledge, skills and abilities required by aerospace and advanced manufacturing sectors of today and tomorrow.

“It is a privilege to host this Open House on National Manufacturing Day and showcase how the federal and state financial support is being used develop state-of-the-art facilities to elevate the learning experience for our students. They will graduate with the skills high tech industries have told us they need,” said Bob Bonura, Chair of MCC’s Applied Science and Technology programs.

For information to arrange tours for groups of 10 or more, contact Robin McNulty at 480-461-7216 or

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Dawn Zimmer, (480)461-7892,

About Mesa Community College
Mesa Community College provides outstanding transfer and career and technical programs, workforce development, and life-long learning opportunities to residents of the East Valley area of Phoenix, Arizona. MCC excels in teaching, learning and empowering its more than 40,000 students who attend annually to succeed in a local and global community.  Mesa Community College is one of 10 colleges that comprise the Maricopa County Community College District. For additional information, please visit

About Mesa Community College’s AZ-AMI

The Arizona Advanced Manufacturing Institute, a Mesa Community College Center of Excellence, was designed to meet the growing and changing needs of the advanced manufacturing business sector. Input from advisory committees derived from partnerships with local employers provides current and relevant content for AZ-AMI’s classrooms and laboratories. Internships and apprenticeships offer opportunities for students to earn as they learn.

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Publication Date: 
Tuesday, September 16, 2014