About M-SAMC

The Multi-State Advanced Manufacturing Consortium supports the national development of competency-based education curriculum to meet the needs of the manufacturing industry.

BridgeValley was one of 13 community colleges involved in the TAACCCT federal grant. Learn more at the M-SAMC website.

Faculty Contacts

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Industry Partners


M-SAMC College Partners

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  • Alamo Colleges
  • Bluegrass CTC
  • BridgeValley CTC
  • Danville Community College
  • Gadsden State Community College
  • Henry Ford College
  • Jefferson CTC
  • Oakland Community College
  • Pellissippi State Community College
  • Rock Valley College
  • Rhodes State College
  • Spartanburg Community College
  • TCAT - Murfreesboro

The Need for Competency-Based Education

Dr. Jo Harris, BridgeValley Community & Technical College President, shares thoughts on the need for competency-based education.

BridgeValley Community & Technical College News

West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin believes in strengthening West Virginia's small businesses and securing new investments to generate jobs. All businesses understand the importance of a well-trained workforce, and West Virginia is working hard to ensure industry has access to the high-tech resources and the highly skilled workers they need.

Challenged with finding skilled workers to fill positions, Toyota teamed with BridgeValley Community & Technical College to launch the Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program. In the program, students gain crucial knowledge and training needed by today's manufacturers. Learn more about the partnership and the program's success at BridgeValley's website.

The Manufacturing Day survey results are in, and events held around the U.S. have positively impacted the perception of the industry and its career options. Both students and educators are more aware of manufacturing jobs in their communities, and both found events and activities held interesting and engaging. Check out the survey for more results.

BridgeValley's Toyota Hall highlights the prosperous partnership that Toyota and BridgeValley forged in 2012. This partnership created an Advanced Manufacturing Technician degree which allows students to learn in the classroom and work at the Toyota plant, providing them with an education and a paycheck. Under this program hands-on experience is a reality and prepares students to start a career after they graduate.

BridgeValley CTC will partner with manufacturing industry partners to showcase academic and employment opportunities in manufacturing at an open house  event themed "Made in WV".

Friday, October 2, 2015

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Advanced Technology Center

South Charleston, WV


For more information:

Melissa Thompson


The Advanced Technology Center at BridgeValley Community & Technical College is all about the hands-on training experience. West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, who was onsite for the building's dedication stated, "What we're doing here is we're bringing employers in, asking them what kind of services, what kind of skills they need our employees to have. Then we can develop the program that they've asked for in order to train employees for that."


Toyota is one of the employers that is close to the project. The company has been collaborating with BridgeValley to fund and train students, and pledged $1 million to keep the equipment in the ATC building updated over the next five years.

BridgeValley Community and Technical College is stepping up the bar for education-to-work programs with the help of Toyota. Four of their college students have recently graduated from the developed Toyota Advanced Manufacturing Program at BridgeValley. This program not only provides classroom knowledge, but also the real life hands on experience that Toyota was looking for in their graduating new hires.


The program involves 2 days a week of classroom technical training and 3 days of firsthand manufacturing processes training. Not only is this Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program beneficial to Toyota, but also to the students in the community. This new form of education is a great way to guarantee jobs for recent graduates as well as provide Toyota with knowledgeable and experienced workers.

Our emerging economy will provide few high-paying jobs for workers with a high school education or less. To help citizens excel and access a middle-class life or beyond, the National Governors Association has announced support of governors' efforts to align education & training systems to the needs of states economies. Job placement focus is sighted on increasing the number of credential, certificate, and degree completing students.

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*AMTEC is supported entirely by a National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technology Education (ATE) Program Grant (0903193). (AMTEC,NSF ATE DUE-0903193)