Advanced Manufacturing Program

Over the past several years there has been a growing need in our area for skilled employees in the advanced manufacturing industry. Out of this need, Gaston College partnered with the community to build a new cutting-edge facility and provide the programs and degrees required for sought-after positions.

Our programs can result in an associate of applied science degree and represent the first two years of a bachelor of science degree in industrial/engineering technology program. This Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is a two-year program that prepares students for the workforce. However, there are some senior institutions where all or part of this degree is accepted as the first two years of a four-year program.  Students interested in pursuing a four-year degree should consult an advisor.

Interested in learning more about the opportunities Gaston offers? The following degrees and programs are currently offered and can lead to a career in advanced manufacturing:

“The Center for Advanced Manufacturing is the realization of Gaston College’s commitment and dedication to meeting the educational and training needs of our local workforce,” said Dr. Patricia Skinner, President of Gaston College. “The classes and hands-on learning that will be offered at CAM and on our campuses, the Gaston College Apprenticeship 321 program, and our Jump Start Your Career courses, all prepare students to be the highly skilled employees that regional manufacturers and industries require.”

Financial Aid

Financial assistance is available for curriculum students in the form of scholarship, grants, and work programs. Every effort is made by the institution to help students who need assistance with educational expenses. Gaston College does not participate in any of the Federal Direct Loan Programs. The College uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to assess the financial condition of financial aid applicants. Information entered into the FAFSA is analyzed according to the requirements of the Department of Education and federal guidelines.

Beginning summer 2018. Gaston College students will be eligible for summer Pell grants funds.  The funds will be available to all Pell grant recipients regardless of whether they were enrolled full-time during the fall and spring semesters. They must register for at least six credit hours and must have a good SAP status.

For more information, visit our financial aid page.


Gaston College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gaston College. Some of the programs have additional nationally recognized accreditations.

Gainful Employment

For information about each of the Gaston College’s Gainful Employment diploma and certificate programs, please visit our Gainful Employment website. The site provides information about graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed a particular program of study, and other important information related to our Gainful Employment programs of study.

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