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ERIC Number: ED467197
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Madisonville Community College: Training Small Manufacturers To Be Competitive in the Global Economy.
Regional Technology Strategies, Inc., Carrboro, NC.
Madisonville Community College (MCC) is in Madisonville, Kentucky, a small town with a strong coal industry presence. Mine closings and layoffs in the 1980s prompted the region to reorient itself toward light industry and manufacturing, but the recession of the early 1990s and globalization led to closings of several of the largest employers. In 1995, MCC developed a Lean Manufacturing Simulation and Implementation Program. Lean manufacturing refers to a philosophy of efficiency used by Toyota that shortens the time between customer order and factory shipment by eliminating waste. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) awarded a grant of $12,000 to MCC to help get the program started. The MCC program is based on a program at the Center for Robotics and Manufacturing Systems (CRMS) at the University of Kentucky (UK). Toyota Manufacturing, Inc. was the catalyst and gave UK the seed money. The Lean Manufacturing program at MCC consists of a simulation of lean manufacturing practices and training courses in lean manufacturing principles and concepts. The expansion of the region's manufacturing base highlights the success of the MCC program. The article suggests that if MCC can develop an introductory program for non-manufacturers, MCC can help more local firms to be more profitable and serve a greater portion of the business community in the service area. (NB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, College Role, Community Colleges, Community Development, Economic Change, Economic Development, Economic Impact, Manufacturing Industry, Program Implementation, Rural Development, Rural Education, Rural Environment, Two Year Colleges
For full text: www.rtsinc.org/benchmark/cstudies/case05.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Regional Technology Strategies, Inc., Carrboro, NC.
Note: Also developed and published by the Trans-Atlantic Technology and Training Alliance. In: Cultivating Successful Rural Economics: Benchmark Practices at Community and Technical Colleges. Regional Technology Strategies, Inc. and the Trans-Atlantic Technology and Training Alliance, 2001. p168-172.