West Mec Southwest Campus


Buckeye, AZ (June 9, 2016)  ATC is pleased to partner with Western Maricopa Education Center at the new Southwest Campus in Buckeye, AZ.  This new state of the art facility features a comprehensive program of technical training curriculum including Mechanical, Electrical and Process training systems.  The staff is training this summer on the new blended learning delivery and will offer eLearning to all students, anytime, anywhere they have internet access.

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Estrella Mountain CC “GET INTO ENERGY”

Avondale, AZ (February 27th, 2015) – Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) is part of a 5 college consortium for “GET INTO ENERGY”. This initiative is a comprehensive training program for the energy/utility sector, to fill the state workforce needs as nearly 50% of the workforce is becoming eligible for retirement in the upcoming years. EMCC’s Power Plant Technology Program and Advanced Technologies Consultants were able to develop a training program that couples their existing curriculum with FESTO Lab-Volt series trainers, simulation software, eLearning, and curriculum.

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Western Michigan University Connex 3 Showcase

Kalamazoo, MI (February 27, 2015) – Advanced Technologies Consultants, Inc. and Western Michigan University are pleased to announce a showcase for WMU’s Objet 500 Connex 3 3D printer on March 27th, 2015. This limited seating event will demonstrate the innovative and powerful Connex 3 multi-material, multi-color technology. The Connex 3 at WMU is the first of its kind in the state of Michigan, and is currently operated by the College of Engineering. Details and registration for the event can be found by contacting your local ATC representative, or by contacting the ATC office at 800-348-8447.

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California Department of Corrections Announce Major Training Program Upgrades

Sacramento, CA (February 16, 2015) – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced major training program upgrades to 29 different correctional institutions. The new trainers demonstrate the commitment of CDCR to the rehabilitation of inmates and provides offenders with job and career skills, education, and confidence that they can succeed in the future. The vocational programs include solar/wind power, building energy management, basic refrigeration, electric heating, and more.

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Coastal Bend College Unveils New Process Technology Mobile Lab

Beeville, TX (February 12, 2015) – Coastal Bend College (CBC) unveiled its state of the art mobile process technology lab, which serves to provide customized training for the Oil and Gas Technology program. This mobile trailer will serve all 4 CBC campuses as well as providing industry training, safety training, and local high school outreach programs. This unique trailer includes training in process control, PLC’s, hydraulics, pneumatics, mechanical, and industrial wiring. CBC expects the trailer to be heavily used to meet the present needs of the industry, and plans to work with the state of Texas to fund customized training that the oil industry partner’s need.

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Corporate Merger in the Technical Education Sector

Germany/Canada/USA, June 20, 2014 – The German-based provider of technical education solutions, Festo Didactic, acquires the US-Canadian company Lab-Volt. For the customers of both companies, this acquisition opens up the availability of a much broader range of products and services worldwide. Lab-Volt’s and Festo Didactic’s product portfolios will be integrated according to a joint portfolio and branding strategy.
Festo Didactic, a global education company, is the market leader in technical education with focus on both, learning systems and training services.
Lab-Volt is the leading specialist for equipment and solutions in the technical training and continuing education sectors, focusing on electronics, electrical and mechanical engineering, and telecommunications

Dr. Nader Imani, CEO of Festo Didactic Inc. and Festo Didactic Ltd.:
“Festo Didactic’s acquisition of Lab-Volt will result in a much stronger presence for both companies in the international market for technical education. It gives all employees at both companies a considerably strengthened basis to develop their product range and to deal with business in the international market. The jobs at all sites have been secured and the setup of the joint activities will be designed in detail in the integration phase of the two companies.”

Lab-Volt is located in New Jersey, USA with a daughter company in Québec, Canada operating as the main production site. Lab-Volt was founded in 1934 and employs more than 250 people. With a very strong portfolio of integrated learning systems and modular multimedia education programs in the electronics, electrical and mechanical engineering and telecommunication fields, Lab-Volt complements Festo Didactic’s product range, making it the most comprehensive portfolio in the international training and development market for technical education solutions. Lab-Volt will subsequently be integrated as a part of the Festo Group.

Festo Didactic is recognized worldwide for the development of high-quality, intuitive learning systems. The company’s products – learning factories and training facilities – are offered in conjunction with training and e-learning programs in more than 40 languages. Festo Didactic’s customers include educational institutions, universities, colleges and industrial companies all over the world.

The Festo Group is a family-owned business within the industrial automation and education sector. Festo Group employs approximately 16,700 people in more than 250 branch offices worldwide and generated 2.3 billion euro turnover in 2013. The Didactic subsidiary of Festo employs 500 people worldwide, with 200 staff members working in Germany alone.

What characterizes the learning systems of both companies is their high practical relevance through the use of real industrial components combined with the intuitive way of teaching educational content, making the technologies and processes used in automation immediately more tangible and visually understandable. Both companies have regularly set innovative standards on the international technical education market with products such as MPS® (Modular Production System) or FACET® (Fault-Assisted Circuits for Electronic Training) and have thus provided educational institutes and companies with solutions that enable learners to accumulate the real and practical experience they need to work independently and to contribute to a company’s productivity.

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ATC continues expansion in North California

Sacramento, CA (June 26, 2014)  ATC is please to announce our recent expansion in Northern California.  Brendan Buckley and his new bride, Helene, have relocated to Elk Grove, CA.  The tremendous opportunities available in California have prompted the continued growth of ATC throughout the state.  ATC is planning to add two additional staff members in the very near future. 

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