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ACC, Tesla open new training facility to prep students for work at electric vehicle maker

The program helps students learn about advanced robotics systems and prepares them for a career in manufacturing.

AUSTIN, Texas — On Friday, Austin Community College, Tesla and Austin Mayor Steve Adler joined each other to host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the brand-new Tesla START Manufacturing training facilities at ACC's Riverside campus.

The new manufacturing program is training students for a potential career at Tesla's manufacturing facilities. The electric vehicle maker recently announced it was moving its headquarters to Austin after beginning construction on a new gigafactory in the area last year.

The partnership between ACC and Tesla includes a 14-week program allowing students to learn about advanced technologies, such as robotics and machine control systems.

Some students completing the program could also become hired and paid by Tesla to finish their training.

“Tesla believes strongly in collaboration,” ACC chancellor Richard Rhodes said earlier this year. “When business and education come together, we build connections that make college affordable and link students directly with employers so they can go straight into a promising career. ACC is excited to work with Tesla to develop cutting-edge training programs that prepare students for one of the region’s fastest-growing industries.”

The program officially launched in August, with initial plans to restart the program with a new cohort of students each following month. The first class graduated Friday, according to Mayor Adler.

To learn more about START Manufacturing at ACC, click here.

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