Danville Community College (DCC) and the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) are pleased to announce the election of Jeremiah Williams, DCC’s Director of Integrated Machine Technology, to the national Haas Technical Education Center (HTEC) Council. Williams oversees the Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining at IALR and is one of 15 HTEC Council members for the 2018-2019 term. 

Jeremiah Williams

“We are very proud of Jeremiah and all of his accomplishments in support of creating a work-ready community in Southern Virginia. His representation on the HTEC Council will ensure that the role of community colleges in workforce development continues to grow exponentially,” said DCC President Dr. Bruce Scism.

Williams serves as one of the community college representatives on the HTEC Council and was elected by HTEC Network members during the 2018 HTEC Americas Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Educators Conference, hosted by DCC at IALR. A graduate himself of DCC’s Precision Machining Technology program, Williams worked as a senior machinist at one of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s top employers, Rolls-Royce Crosspointe, before returning to DCC to assume his current leadership role. He played a critical role in developing the third-year Capstone program at the Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining at IALR.

“This is an incredible opportunity for Jeremiah and our region to continue our voice on the national stage for CNC machining education,” said Mark Gignac, Executive Director of IALR. “As a product himself of DCC’s renowned curriculum, Jeremiah has been instrumental in helping create a capacity of future skilled workers to enter the advanced manufacturing workforce—thereby, attracting and retaining high-quality employers.” 

“The fact that Jeremiah’s professional peers elected him to the national HTEC Council clearly demonstrates the level of respect he has garnered in his field,” said Troy Simpson, Director of Advanced Manufacturing at IALR. “His election is a testament for how DCC’s innovative approach to skilled training is becoming a model for how to prepare technicians to be globally competitive in advanced manufacturing.”

The HTEC Council includes representatives from universities, community and technical colleges, and high schools. It serves as a guiding council for the HTEC Network, an industry- and education-led initiative that enables manufacturing technology educators and their schools to acquire the latest CNC machine tools and related CNC ancillary equipment, software and educational materials. The network’s goal centers on producing work-ready CNC machinists, programmers and engineers for today’s industrial employers. 

For more information about Danville Community College’s more than 100 programs of study and short-term career training options, visit www.danville.edu or call 434-797-8594.

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research serves Virginia as a regional catalyst for economic transformation with applied research, advanced learning, conference center services and economic development efforts. The Institute’s major footprint focuses within Southern Virginia, including the counties of Patrick, Henry, Franklin, Pittsylvania, Halifax and Mecklenburg along with the cities of Martinsville and Danville.

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