Keene community leaders, educators and legislators gathered in Keene State College's Rapid Prototype Laboratory on February 12, 2010, to officially launch The Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM), a new partnership between Keene State College, the Keene School District, River Valley Community College and the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce.
The Monadnack Region has more than 70 high-tech manufacturing companies, but firms throughout the state report that it is increasingly difficult to recruit skilled NH employees. RCAM, based at Keene State, will offer educational and training opportunities for both new students and experienced and transitioning workers, and provide access to essential technological equipment and laboratories. The center's educational partners, working with area businesses, are linking curricula to provide connected educational pathways that mesh with the needs of the business community. The linked levels of education will include high school preparatory courses, corporate-sponsored professional development classes, and two- and four-year degree programs that will allow students and workers opportunities to continue to advance their education without loss of credit and advance in their careers.