Alcoa Foundation donates $15,000 to Stanly Community College

Alcoa Foundation has awarded Stanly Community College (SCC) a $15,000 grant to support its new Industrial Electronics Lab located in the soon to be renovated Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technology Center – Phase II. The grant will support the purchase of a hydraulic trainer that will be used to provide technical training for students.

"This Alcoa Foundation grant will help Stanly Community College educate and train our local workforce with the technical skills they need to succeed," said Nicole Wright, Alcoa Foundation Coordinator for APGI. "Alcoa and the Alcoa Foundation strongly support Stanly Community College and believe the new Industrial Electronics Lab within the Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technology Center will be incredibly valuable to our community."

Stanly Community College is a primary provider of workforce training in the region, assisting in attracting new businesses to the area and providing continued training to those currently in the workforce. "We are grateful for Alcoa's continued support, especially in the area of workforce development," said Dr. Brenda Kays, president of Stanly Community College. "This investment will help support our new Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technology Center – Phase II by providing much needed equipment to help our students master new skills."

In response to projected growth and demand in the fields of mechatronics and automation, the College has added an emphasis of mechatronics and automation to its Electronics Engineering Technology program, beginning in spring 2016. The hydraulic training system will provide students with an understanding of hydraulic components, circuits, and laws. It will also enable SCC to teach students the electrical and Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) components of hydraulic systems. Potential jobs in this field include automation and mechatronics technicians, plant maintenance technicians, and equipment maintenance technicians.

About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately $470 million. Founded 62 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than $590 million. In 2013, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than $22 million to non-profit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships to improve the environment and educate tomorrow's leaders for careers in manufacturing and engineering. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa's thousands of employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. Through the Company's signature Month of Service program, in 2013, a record 62 percent of Alcoa employees took part in nearly 1,300 events across 24 countries, benefiting more than 505,000 people and 1,900 nonprofit organizations. For more info, visit and follow @AlcoaFoundation on Twitter.

About Stanly Community College
Stanly Community College is one of 58 community colleges in North Carolina. Established in 1971, Stanly Community College is located in Albemarle and serves more than 10,000 students a year.