Asnuntuck Community College’s Foundation accepted a donation of a $76,000 Bridgeport 3 Axis GX480 Vertical Machining Center from Robert E. Morris Company Account Manager Travis Blackburn. The Account Manager was awarded the equipment through a sales initiative program through the company, which has an office in Windsor. A condition of the donation was that he select a technical college or university of his choice to gift it to, in order to enhance that college’s manufacturing program.

“Asnuntuck Community College is doing some amazing things to support the manufacturing industry,” said Blackburn. He said he appreciates the work the college is putting forward to train students to meet the needs of industry. He acknowledged the struggles the industry is having to replace retiring employees with skilled workers and said he hopes the equipment will help educate future workers. “Every shop I go into throughout New England needs engineers. I can’t think of a better home for it,” added Blackburn.

During the ceremony ACC’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center Director Frank Gulluni thanked the Company and Blackburn for the generous donation. “We are proud to have you as a partner,” said Gulluni. ACC President Dr. James Lombella said the new equipment will allow more students to have a hands-on opportunity in the Advanced Manufacturing Technology program.

The new, compact piece of equipment, will be located in Asnuntuck’s newly opened 27,000 square foot Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, and will complement the CNC mills the school has on-site. Robotic arms can be adapted to the machine, which will be used by students enrolled in their first or second semester at Asnuntuck.

Registration is now underway for all classes at ACC. Classes begin August 29th.

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