Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

School News

June 13, 2011

Roane State’s AMTEC celebrates first graduating class

CROSSVILLE — Duane Largent of Crossville was among 20 students who recently became the first graduates from Roane State Community College’s Advanced Materials Training and Education Center (AMTEC).

Everybody wants to be a leader, and everybody wants to blaze a new trail,” guest speaker Jamie Nelson, training and logistics manager for Toho Tenax America, told the graduates during a March ceremony at the college’s Oak Ridge campus. “You have done that. You have opened up a new door. What a proud moment it is for us all to see you at this point.”

The AMTEC program trains individuals for entry-level technician jobs in industries that manufacture advanced materials or that use parts that are made from advanced materials. Advanced materials can be used to create lightweight, durable and energy efficient products. Automobile manufacturing, construction, and solar energy are just a few of the many fields that utilize advanced materials.

Tuition and supplies for the AMTEC program are offered at no cost for participants who are unemployed or underemployed, and employers receive a significant discount on training costs for their current employees. The program takes approximately 14 weeks to complete. New classes of 25 students are added approximately once each month.

Graduation speakers also included State Rep. John Ragan; State Rep. Kelly Keisling; Nolan Nevels, director of the AMTEC; and Dr. Gary Goff, president of Roane State.

“Your state, your community, your nation, is depending upon you to take the skills that you have acquired and put them to good use,” state Rep. Ragan said. “We need you. Our state needs you. Your community needs you.”

State Rep. Kelly Keisling said, “Congratulations to all of you. We’re proud of you. This is an important day for you but also for us. We wish you much success in the next weeks, months and years. We have plenty of faith in you.”

The AMTEC curriculum consists of a series of required core courses as well as capstone courses in specialized areas such as composites and solar energy technologies.

Members of the first graduating class are: Suzanne Arehart of Oak Ridge (composites); Cory Bailey of Oak Ridge (composites), Marc Bortolussi of Knoxville (solar energy technologies); Nicholaus Bowling of Knoxville (solar energy technologies); Jerry Denson of Clinton (solar energy technologies); Jonathan Franklin of Knoxville (solar energy technologies); Barry Friedmann of Dandridge (composites); Michael Grindle of Oliver Springs (composites); Ben Graves of Athens (solar energy technologies); David Howard of Wartburg (solar energy technologies); Matthew Jarvis of Clinton (composites); Dan Jones of Jamestown (solar energy technologies); John Keith of Knoxville (solar energy technologies); Duane Largent of Crossville (composites); Kelli Lauderdale of Knoxville (composites); Kevin Mitchell of Andersonville (composites); Randy Raley of Knoxville (solar energy technologies); Theodore Sharp of Oneida (solar energy technologies); Mark Vanwitzenburg of Powell (solar energy technologies); and Zachary Womack of Oak Ridge (composites).

The graduates began the program in November 2010.

Congratulations to you,” Dr. Goff said. “Who thought, at the first of November, that this day would come? We are very, very proud of you.”

Nevels added, “Hats off to you all. I thank you for working with me and sticking with it, and now you are the first graduate cohort of the AMTEC program.”

The AMTEC is funded through a $2.86 million federal grant that Roane State received in June 2010 from the U.S. Department of Labor. Roane State was one of 41 community colleges and organizations, and the only one in Tennessee, to receive an award during the final competition for Community Based Job Training funds in 2010.

Classes are primarily held in the Halcyon Commercialization Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory with some sessions conducted at the Tennessee Technology Center in Harriman and Pellissippi State Community College’s Blount County campus.

For more information about the AMTEC, including how to apply for the program, call (865) 481-5436 or visit

Text Only
School News
  • MG intern Terri.jpg Brimigion lends a hand with Master Gardeners, ag research

    Terri Brimigion, the intern with the Cumberland County Master Gardeners and the UT AgResearch and Education Center, is midway through her summer program.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Local 4-Hers compete at sub-regional Achievement Day

    It was a big day for 17 very talented Cumberland County 4-Hers who competed in the Sub-regional 4-H Achievement Day held in Scott County May 12. Having been selected as county winners based on classroom demonstration and exhibit competitions, these 4-Hers were selected to advance to the sub-regional event. Competition was tough as they competed against 111 4-Hers from eight other counties. All 17 4-Hers placed in the event.

    July 21, 2014

  • South-Beta3.jpg South BETA a National School of Distinction

    South Cumberland Elementary School is proud to be chosen as a National Beta School of Distinction for the 2013-'14 year for increasing their membership in Jr. Beta Club.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 2014-'15 School Calendar

    July 14, 2014

  • 4-H Maci Gernt.jpg Gernt selected for 4-H Academic Conference

    Maci Gernt, a 4-H'er from Cumberland County, was selected as a delegate for the State Junior High 4-H Academic Conference in Knoxville, June 10-13. Gernt received intensive training in the 4-H Beef Project at the University of Tennessee.

    July 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • cchs math comp.jpg CCHS students score well in math contests

    July 14, 2014 2 Photos

  • 19. Jordynne Rebekkah Walker_Ag&AppliedSciencesStudentRecognition19.jpg Walker named outstanding freshman

    Jordynne Rebekkah Walker, of Crossville, received the Outstanding Freshman in Agriculture Award from the University of Tennessee at Martin College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences during a recent departmental awards banquet. Dr. Todd Winters , dean of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences and professor of animal sciences, and Dr. Joey Mehlhorn, professor and interim chair of agriculture, geosciences, and natural resources and director of Tennessee Governor’s School for the Agricultural Sciences, presented the award.

    July 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • CCHS sets new student registration

    New student registration for grades 9-12 for students zoned for Cumberland County High School will be July 31. This includes any new student to the area or any student who withdrew from CCHS and is planning to return. This does not include incoming ninth-grade students from elementary schools zoned for CCHS. Students will need to register between 9 and 11 a.m.

    July 14, 2014

  • BES-pop art1.jpg Pop Art at Brown

    July 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • breakfast Rotary Scholarship Recipients 3.jpg Breakfast Rotary scholarships awarded

    July 7, 2014 1 Photo

Marketplace Marquee
Must Read
Section Teases
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Obama Voices Concern About Casualties in Mideast Diplomacy Intensifies Amid Mounting Gaza Toll AP Exclusive: American Beaten in Israel Speaks Obama Protects Gay, Transgender Workers Raw: Gaza Rescuers Search Rubble for Survivors Raw: International Team Inspects MH17 Bodies Raw: 25 Family Members Killed in Gaza Airstrike US Teen Beaten in Mideast Talks About Ordeal 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Weather Radar
2014 Readers' Choice
Graduation 2014