Calhoun Community College Calhoun students Andrew Adams, George Cassimus and Cody Kirkland won first place in the Project MFG-Next Generation Manufacturing Challenge held recently at Auburn University.

Each student received a $1,500 scholarship and, the college received $5,000 as the sponsor of the winning team. Welding instructor Matt Jones and machine tool technology instructors Tad Montgomery and Larry Owens served as team sponsors.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense, the competition is a pilot project based on the design, manufacturing, assembly and testing of equipment by participating teams.

The manufacturing competencies highlighted in this competition are intertwined with the modern workforce and reflect the need for employees to be cross-trained in multiple areas to meet evolving business needs.

The DOD selected Alabama as a competition state with Auburn University’s SAAV Manufacturing Center serving as the coordinating entity of the five-axis machining skills competition.

As the first-place team, Calhoun will compete against the winners from Louisiana and Mississippi this fall. The southern states’ winner then moves on to the national competition in 2020.

bayne.hughes@decaturdaily.com or 256-340-2432. Twitter @DD_BayneHughes.

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