Somerset Community College (SCC) will take part in the 2018 SOAR Summit Thursday and Friday, Aug. 30 and 31, at the East Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville.
The theme of this year’s Summit, “There is a Future in Appalachia,” focuses on showcasing more than 100 innovative solutions from across Appalachia Kentucky while providing time to network with people, businesses and organizations working to build a 21st Century Appalachia.
On Aug. 30 and 31, SCC will host a showcase featuring its Additive Manufacturing Program. SCC was the first institution of higher education in Kentucky to offer the statewide certificate in additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing. Experts in nearly every manufacturing industry, as well as various biomedical and service industries, are predicting that training in additive manufacturing/3D printing is what their employees will need for the future. In the next decade, the market potential in this field of technology is estimated to be between $230 to $550 billion dollars, mainly associated with transportation, biomedical, and tooling industries.
KCTCS representatives from Ashland Community and Technical College, Big Sandy Community and Technical College, Hazard Community and Technical College, and Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College will also be on-hand to showcase innovative programs in the fields of advanced manufacturing, business services/information technology, construction/trades, health care, transportation/logistics and more.
Day two of the Summit will begin at 9 a.m. and will feature Gov. Matt Bevin, U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers, Federal Co-Chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission Tim Thomas, USDA Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett and retired U.S. Army General Vinny Boles. During lunch Friday, HCTC’s Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music will perform. Showcases will remain available throughout the day.
SCC is a proud, founding partner of SOAR. SCC and SOAR share a mission of improving employability and quality of life for the people of eastern Kentucky. SCC does this by offering affordable, accessible education to prepare the workers needed for local jobs in SOAR communities.
To learn more about the Summit, visit thereisafuture.org/summit18/.