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SCC Announces USDA Grant for Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence

Published on Sep 18, 2019

3d printing grantSomerset Community College’s (SCC) Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence is excited to announce its USDA Rural Business Enterprise Development grant award for the Additive Manufacturing: Appalachian Kentucky Expansion (AMAKE) project. This is SCC’s third grant with the USDA for additive manufacturing.

Additive Manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is changing many aspects of manufacturing, medicine, consumer expectations, and even education, and SCC is proud to be at the forefront of this change.  As international companies like HP, Ford, Airbus, GE, Johnson and Johnson, Dupont, and BASF transition to 3D printing equipment, products, and materials, we are only seeing the beginning of the coming additive manufacturing revolution.

SCC’s partnership with Ashland Community and Technical College (ACTC) on the Additive Manufacturing: Appalachian Kentucky Expansion project will provide new and empowering opportunities for students, community businesses, and the economic wellbeing of Kentucky. 

With USDA funding, SCC will share its expertise in additive manufacturing with ACTC faculty and establish an additive manufacturing production network with ACTC in both polymers and metals, thus beginning the expansion of the technology and skills across the state.

The students and industry leaders of both regions will have access to cutting edge technology and opportunities for business training and expansion. The AMAKE project will lead to manufacturing advances in a host of industries and employment opportunities for residents of northeastern and southeastern Kentucky and will lay the groundwork for a statewide transformation of advanced manufacturing.

SCC was the first college in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System to add metal additive manufacturing to its impressive advanced manufacturing capabilities. SCC is a leader in workforce development and in additive manufacturing/3D printing, also the first institution of higher education in Kentucky to offer a technician certificate in 3D printing. 

For more information on SCC’s Additive Manufacturing program, please visit or check out their YouTube channel, The Additive Guru, dedicated to 3D printing

SCC currently offers a certificate in Additive Manufacturing/3D printing and offers additional training through the college's Workforce Solutions program. To find out more about SCC's additive manufacturing/3D printing program, contact Eric Wooldridge at