Hitachi Automotive Products Educational Support of BCTC

LEXINGTON, KY (November 14, 2006) Hitachi Automotive Products signs the Gift in Kind release form for surplus steels given to the Danville Campus of Bluegrass Community amp; Technical College. The metals will be used by the college in the Machine Tool Technology program to train students. Presenting and accepting the gift are Rusty Cotton of HAP and Mark Welch of BCTC.

The local Danville Campus of Bluegrass Community amp; Technical College is the central Kentucky regional branch of Kentucky Community amp; Technical College System. The Danville campus first began classes in the fall of 2002. The Danville Machine Tool Technology Curriculum gives student a rich background in four areas Fundamentals of Machine Tools, Metrology, Basic and Mechanical Blueprint reading, and CAD/CAM/CNC manual Programming. The college offers an Associate Degree in this study field. Hitachi Automotive Products has long recognized the need to improve training of high skilled toolmakers in this field. HAP-KY Tool and Die Section started an internal training program in the late 1990s based on a nationally recognized program. That training program originated from a U.S. Department of Education grant to National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA). A National Skills Standard was established by the NTMA after benchmarking certification programs of Germany, Japan and other leading metalworking countries. The credentialing and skills testing for this program is administered through the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). This training system provides individual machining process certifications based on competency demonstrated by machining projects. Hitachi considers the BCTC Danville Machine Tool Tech program very effective and a tremendous asset to our local community as judged against our internal training program.

The value of donation to the college exceeds $13,200. Hitachi Automotive Products is pleased to be able to support this educational program.