August 28, 2016
By MICKEY POWELL
MARTINSVILLE – Enrollment in the Center for Advanced Film Manufacturing (CAFM) must substantially grow to meet local high-tech companies’ demand for workers, according to officials with the center’s partners.
Since it was established three years ago, 30 people have graduated from the CAFM and Eastman Chemical offered each of them a job, said company Human Resources Director Charles Fraley.
Twenty-six of the graduates now work for the company, he said.
"Having 30 graduates from a fledgling program like CAFM is an outstanding start," and Eastman and other collaborators in the center are extremely proud, Fraley said.
But to attract industry and make Martinsville-Henry County the "bustling manufacturing epicenter" of Virginia again, "we need to increase our annual enrollment by more than triple, as there are more manufacturing jobs (with local high-tech companies) than graduates at this time," he continued.
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