Panasonic, Nevada Community College Team Up to Boost STEM Education

The new Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center will prepare students for careers at Tesla and Panasonic's nearby facilities.

Photo courtesy of TMCC.

Panasonic Energy has partnered with Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) in Reno, NV, to open an Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, enhancing STEM education and providing vital training to support the region’s growing technology sector. This initiative aims to prepare students for emerging technological careers and support the local economy by developing highly skilled workers.

An unveiling was held April 10, attended by representatives from Panasonic and TMCC, elected officials and community leaders, who had the chance to tour the new facility.

The new technology education center will provide students with access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, enabling them to gain practical experience in advanced manufacturing processes. Through hands-on training and immersive learning experiences, students will be prepared to meet the demands of the rapidly evolving manufacturing industry.

"Since 2017, Panasonic Energy has worked with TMCC to provide educational opportunities to communities in northern Nevada and invest in talent development in the region,” said Allan Swan, president of Panasonic Energy of North America. “We are thrilled to share this cutting-edge manufacturing education center with TMCC to provide students with hands-on training opportunities, and equip them with the skills necessary for success in today's technology-driven world."

"We are proud to partner with Panasonic to establish this innovative technology education center," said Dr. Karin Hilgersom, president of TMCC. "This collaboration exemplifies our commitment to providing students with the resources and opportunities they need to excel in their careers. Together, we will empower the next generation of manufacturing leaders and drive economic growth in our community."

The Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center is positioned near Tesla's Gigafactory Nevada, which recently underwent a $3.6 billion expansion to increase production of Semi trucks and 4680 cells, and Panasonic's factory in nearby Sparks, NV, where it employs more than 4,000 people manufacturing lithium-ion cells for Tesla.

In addition to the technology center, Panasonic Energy is launching the Graduate Engineering Pathway Program, set to commence July 8, in Sparks. The two-year program aims to cultivate talent further by focusing on critical areas such as mechanical engineering, cell and process engineering, quality engineering and program management. Participants will gain hands-on experience, enhancing their employability in a competitive job market.

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