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New Leadership at Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM)

Norm Fisk (second from left) has been appointed Executive Director of RCAM.
Norm Fisk (second from left) has been appointed Executive Director of RCAM.

Feb. 22, 2011 Keene, New Hampshire: The Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing at Keene State College (RCAM), one of the Monadnock Region’s engines of the new economy, today announced the appointment of Norm Fisk (PE) as Executive Director. The appointment was made after a comprehensive search and marks an important step forward for the Center.

Launched in February 2010, RCAM is a dynamic partnership between Keene State College, the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce, the Keene School District and River Valley Community College. The Center’s mission is to link business and education resources to establish and support a supply-chain of highly trained professionals for a new generation of precision manufacturing jobs.

Mr. Fisk has more than twenty years’ experience in a wide array of manufacturing and engineering enterprises throughout New England. He has also taught at Keene State College for more than fifteen years as an adjunct instructor. This combination of academic and industry experience fit the profile, needs and direction of RCAM perfectly.

The Monadnock Region is home to more than seventy high-tech manufacturing companies. But firms throughout the state report that it is increasingly difficult to recruit skilled New Hampshire employees. RCAM offers educational and training opportunities for both new students, and experienced and transitioning workers. By providing access to essential technological equipment and laboratories, the program encourages skill development and lifelong learning while supporting real-time and real-world experience in the emerging manufacturing sector.

Commenting on his appointment to the Executive Director position Mr. Fisk said, “I’m so pleased to take on this role at this time. As we all know this is a challenging stretch for many New Hampshire’ites. The opportunity to train and position people from all over the state for robust jobs in precision manufacturing is gratifying.” The CEOs of the RCAM partner institutions added in a joint statement, “We are proud to work closely together to ensure we are able to meet the growing need for a highly trained labor force. And we are thrilled to welcome Norm into this position, a continuation of the excellent work he has done in our regional manufacturing industry and throughout our community.”

With a mandate to position the Monadnock Region prominently in the dynamic precision manufacturing sector, RCAM exemplifies the vital benefits to a community when educators and businesses partner to build a better tomorrow.

About RCAM

The Center’s educational partners, working with area businesses, link curricula to provide connected educational pathways that intertwine with the needs of the local business community. These “linked” levels of education include: high school preparatory courses; corporate-sponsored professional development classes; and two- and four-year degree programs that allow students and workers opportunities to continue to advance their education without loss of credit and advance in their careers.

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