Okuma America Corporation Announces Partner for New Machine Tool Training Academy

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (June 1, 2021) – Leadership teams from Okuma America Corporation, a world-leading builder  of CNC machine tools, controls and automation systems, and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College (Rowan Cabarrus) are pleased to announce a corporate training partnership between the two organizations.  

The Okuma-Rowan-Cabarrus partnership will provide technical training to Okuma customers, distributors, and  employees at the new Okuma Machine Tool Academy (OMTA) located within the College’s Advanced  Technology Center on the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, N.C. The Okuma Machine Tool  Academy is expected to house several Okuma flagship products, including an Okuma LB3000 EX II horizontal  lathe and an Okuma GENOS M460V-5AX five-axis vertical machining center. Courses are planned to commence  in October 2021 and will be offered in three focus areas: electrical maintenance, mechanical maintenance, and  programming and operations. All courses will be led in-person by a full-time instructor, and online and hybrid  course offerings will be made available in the future. 

The state-of-the-art Advanced Technology Center opened its doors in 2019 and is over 53,000 square feet in  size. It provides various classrooms, collaboration spaces and lounges for program participants to utilize. The  Okuma Machine Tool Academy was built specifically for industrial machine tool training and is equipped with  overhead utilities and six-inch level concrete floors to support flexible machine layouts and configurations. 

Ira Busman, Vice President of Customer Service at Okuma, expressed his excitement about the program – “Providing robust training and ongoing educational tools for our customers is one way that Okuma fulfills our  mission of passionately pursuing a customer for life. We are very excited about the alliance with Rowan Cabarrus Community College and the modern tools and services they can provide at the new ATC facility.” 

The Okuma Machine Tool Academy is conveniently located less than 30 minutes away from Charlotte-Douglas  International Airport and is steps away from various lodging, restaurant and entertainment options in  downtown Kannapolis, N.C. Program participants also have the option to incorporate a visit to Charlotte, N.C., to  tour Okuma America Corporation’s headquarters, and to visit Welcome, N.C., to experience the campus of  Okuma’s official NASCAR partner, Richard Childress Racing. 


“Rowan-Cabarrus is thrilled to partner with Okuma to provide an outstanding location for the training academy  at the College’s Advanced Technology Center located in Kannapolis,” said Rowan-Cabarrus President Dr. Carol  Spalding. “By collaborating to offer these training opportunities, Okuma and Rowan-Cabarrus will be helping  tomorrow’s professionals develop top-notch skills. We are excited to welcome future participants to the North  Carolina Research Campus.” 

Future updates about the training courses will be shared at okuma.com/training. For more information about  this program, please contact Okuma’s training program manager, Natalie Rogers, at nrogers@okuma.com or  704-504-6040. 

About Rowan-Cabarrus Community College: 

Opening its doors in 1963, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is one of 58 colleges in the state-supported  North Carolina Community College System. Rowan-Cabarrus is a comprehensive, community-focused institution  of higher learning, serving the residents of Rowan and Cabarrus counties at multiple campus locations and  through on-line programs. Rowan-Cabarrus offers fully-accredited associate degree programs in more than 30  areas of study, including arts and sciences, business, information technology, health and public services,  engineering technologies, and biotechnology, as well as dozens of diplomas and certifications. Rowan-Cabarrus  provides more than 2,000 course offerings, serving a yearly overall enrollment of more than 20,000 students. In  addition, Rowan-Cabarrus provides education and job-training programs at the North Carolina Research Campus  in Kannapolis. https://www.rccc.edu/ | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn | Twitter 

About Okuma America Corporation 

Okuma America Corporation is the U.S.-based sales and service affiliate of Okuma Corporation, a world leader in  CNC (computer numeric control) machine tools and controls. The company was founded in 1898 in Nagoya,  Japan, and is the industry’s only single-source provider of CNC machines, controls, drives, motors, encoders, and  spindles, all manufactured by Okuma. The company designs its own CNC controls to integrate seamlessly with  each machine tool’s functionality. In 2014 Okuma launched the Okuma App Store, the industry’s only centralized  online marketplace for machine tool apps and related content. Along with its extensive distribution network (largest in the Americas), and Partners in THINC network of enhanced manufacturing technologies, Okuma is  committed to helping users gain competitive advantages through the open possibilities of machine tools today  and into the future. https://www.okuma.com | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn | Twitter

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