Leadership teams from Okuma America Corporation, a builder of CNC machine tools, controls, and automation systems, and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College (Rowan-Cabarrus) announce a corporate training partnership between the two organizations. 

The Okuma-Rowan-Cabarrus partnership will provide technical training to Okuma customers, distributors, and employees at the new Okuma Machine Tool Academy (OMTA) located within the College’s Advanced Technology Center on the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis. The academy is expected to house several Okuma flagship products, including an Okuma LB3000 EX II and an Okuma GENOS M460V-5AX.

Courses commence in October 2021 and will be offered in three focus areas: electrical maintenance, mechanical maintenance, and programming and operations. All courses will be led in-person by a full-time instructor, and online and hybrid course offerings will be made available in the future.

The state-of-the-art Advanced Technology Center opened its doors in 2019 and is over 53,000 square feet. It provides various classrooms, collaboration spaces, and lounges for program participants. The academy was built for industrial machine tool training and is equipped with overhead utilities and six-inch level concrete floors to support flexible machine layouts and configurations.