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6th July 2017

AGMA’s Blassingame To Serve On Advisory Board For City Colleges of Chicago Manufacturing Program

Alexandria, VA – AGMA’s Director of Education Casandra Blassingame will serve on the advisory board for City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) Advanced Manufacturing Program.  As an advisory board member, Blassingame will join a team of leaders who participate in program activities such as: employment fairs, workshops and guest speaker programs. In addition, Blassingame will help review curriculum on program level information and provide recommendations to the CCC administration.

CCC is one of the largest community colleges systems in the nation serving more than 100,000 students. The Advanced Manufacturing Program, housed at the Richard J. Daley and Wilbur Wright campuses is where students learn manufacturing skills and emerging methods of production organization to become leaders in the industry along with connecting them to hundreds of employers through the online job board.  

“AGMA has worked with Daley College for over 20 years,” notes Casandra Blassingame, Director of Education at AGMA.  “We are very excited about further developing our partnership and growing the institution. Becoming a member of the Advanced Manufacturing Program's Advisory Board is a prime example of how the collaboration between industry and education assists in preparing students for real world application.”

As Director of Education at AGMA, Blassingame is leading the trade association’s efforts to reinvigorate and grow the organizations engineer-oriented training program.  As part of its five-year strategic plan, AGMA is developing new courses, updating and revising existing materials and developing a team of professional trainers to deliver training.

“The education and training of our next generation engineer is a critical part of AGMA’s strategic plan, where we are asked to deliver the training our member company employees need to ensure we are developing innovative solutions,” adds Matthew E. Croson, President of AGMA.  “Every AGMA company feels the pressure to find, train and develop engineering talent, and what Casandra and the Education Committee team is working on is a critical element of our industry’s future.  We are pleased that CCC recognized the talents Casandra brings to the table, and will include her in this leadership position.”

AGMA delivers 14 different face-to-face training programs in any given year and additionally offers free-to-members online training programs covering a wide variety of fundamental training.  Over the next five years, AGMA will create 10 new programs, covering all facets of engineering training and will research operator level training as well. 

To learn more about AGMA’s education program efforts, visit: Any questions can be directed to

To learn more about CCC, visit 



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