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Hillsborough Manufacturing Alliance unveiled new technology for Armwood HS Machining Program

November 17, 2016 - Points of Pride

Hillsborough County has formed a partnership with Hillsborough County Public Schools, Hillsborough Community College, and CareerSource Tampa Bay that is meant to grow and strengthen manufacturing skills training for local high school and postsecondary students. Ray Hutchins and Adam Bell, both students at Armwood High School, are taking advantage of this amazing new opportunity being offered at their high school, which is made possible by the Manufacturing Alliance of Hillsborough County.

At a ribbon-cutting ceremony held in the Manufacturing Lab at Armwood recently, two new cutting-edge fabricating machines at Armwood High School were unveiled, and several machining program students, their Machining Technology instructor, school leaders, and local officials were included in the event.  Ray, an Armwood junior, and Adam, a sophomore, say the high-tech Y-Axis Lathe and Machining Center will take their class to a higher level for them, and they are looking forward to getting trained.

Although there are many more traditional machines in the room, the ultra-modern CNC apparatuses that can fashion parts for automotive, military, and medical purposes, among other uses, definitely stand out.  That's the idea behind manufacturing/engineering industry classes that are being offered at Armwood and Middleton, Tampa Bay Technical, Jefferson, and Hillsborough high schools:  to give students the skills and motivation needed to move seamlessly into advanced training or directly into manufacturing careers in the local area.  Participating programs that were enhanced by funding from the partnership are offered at the following HCPS sites:

Industrial Machinery Maintenance and Repair Program, Brewster Technical College

Pathways to Engineering Program, Middleton High School

Welding Technology Program, Jefferson and Tampa Bay Tech High Schools

Machining Technology Program, Armwood High School

According to Lauren Walden, Career and Technical Education Supervisor, “The Manufacturing Alliance of Hillsborough County was established to provide operational support services for the delivery of manufacturing related workforce training initiatives for Hillsborough County high school students and graduates, post-secondary students and graduates, and residents in the Hillsborough County area, with special emphasis on the recruitment of minorities, women and veterans.” 

To read more about the Machining program at Armwood and how it has been impacted by the partnership between Hillsborough County, HCPS, HCC, and Career Source Tampa Bay, visit

To learn more about all of these Hillsborough County Public School programs, contact Ms. Walden at (813) 231-1876 or

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