Roane State Community College’s Advanced Materials Training and Education Center (AMTEC) is a no-cost, high-tech training program for those who are unemployed or underemployed. AMTEC is funded by a $2.86 million Community Based Job Training Grant awarded in June 2010 by the U.S. Department of Labor. The program takes 14 weeks to complete, and participants are trained to work as manufacturing technicians.
An example of the work AMTEC does to serve the community occurred when about 250 workers were affected when a Food Lion distribution center and store closed. AMTEC representatives contacted Food Lion to arrange a special seven-week training program for laid-off workers. Eagle Bend Manufacturing, an automotive parts supplier in Clinton, has committed to interviewing and possibly hiring qualified individuals who complete the training program.