LCCC AUTOMATED INDUSTRIAL MAINTENANCE ADVISORY TEAM MEETS-The Automated Industrial Maintenance Advisory Team at Luzerne County Community College recently held a luncheon meeting at the College’s Educational Conference Center. The advisory team is designed to provide a forum to exchange information between industry professionals and LCCC staff. Through the Trade Adjustment and Assistance Community College Career Training Grant from the Department of Labor (JobTrakPA), the College was able to purchase Servo Systems and the corresponding training. The new equipment will better prepare students for workplace demands in Programmable Logic Control, Factory Talk® and Human Machine Interface systems. The industrial group meets every six months to share ideas, strategize and maximize the labor force. According to Helene Flannery, project manager for JobTrakPA, “Advanced manufacturing is critical to the health of the national economy and provides essential goods and equipment directly to consumers and other industries. Industry involvement is the key to the economic health of our region.” “Through the partnership, we continue to expand the automated industrial maintenance employment opportunities in Northeastern Pennsylvania,” Flannery adds. If you are interested in joining the group, call the TAACCCT Office at 740-0647 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Shown at the meeting are, front from left: Ed Kuehner, associate professor and technology coordinator, electrical construction technology, LCCC; Christine Jensen, administrator, PA CareerLink; Sharon Bartolini, executive director, Educational Opportunity Center; Patrick Perry, president, Black Birch Engineering; Michael Featherman, LCCC student; Diane Wren, program manager, NEPA Industry Partnership; Ariana Katchur, LCCC student; Mike Giedosh, LCCC student; Joanne Kohler, principal secretary, continuing education, LCCC; and Maureen McNelis, manager, human resources, Insteel Wire Products. Row two: Gary Mrozinski, dean, business and technologies, LCCC; Ashley Breznak, HR business partner, Fairchild Semiconductor; Dave Vacca, LCCC student; Melanie Ferris, career coach/IHPDS, LCCC; Robyn Hoban, Mountain Top, academic specialist, Educational Opportunity Center; John Aftewicz, LCCC student; David Sawicki, Mountain Top, director, business solutions and customized training, LCCC; Diane Bradshaw, employee relations manager, Insteel Wire Products; Helene Flannery, project manager, TAACCCT Grant, LCCC; and Brandon Babbish, instructor, technology, LCCC. Back: Jim Eves, plant manager, Girton Manufacturing Company; David Sakolofski, fork lift operator, Vita-Line; Rich Schell, Mountain Top, adjunct instructor, technology, LCCC; Fred Bettica, Drums, coordinator, industrial maintenance technology, LCCC; Doug Saunders, trainer, Proctor & Gamble; Steve Willison, senior partner, Fairchild Semiconductor; Ken Houston, instructor, LCCC; and Dave Williams, LCCC student.