The Institute for Workforce Advancement (IWA) STEM Composites Initiative

STEM composites

The Institute for Workforce Advancement (IWA) has launched a STEM Composites Initiative with local Long Island high schools which includes college credit from Vaughn College of Aeronautics & Technology. This STEM High School Composite Technology career readiness and certificate program, geared for high school students interested in manufacturing, is an introduction to composite technology. The program is designed to give high school students an appreciation for the field of composite design, engineering, and manufacturing.

The use of composites in 21st-century manufacturing is infiltrating all major markets including aerospace, alternative energy, transportation, and consumer goods. The program exposes students to state-of-the-art equipment offered by few engineering schools in the U.S.

This course is a 15 hour, four-week program taught by the engineering facility from Vaughn College of Aeronautics & Technology and CPC Personnel. Programs take place at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. The curriculum consists of both classroom lectures and hands-on lab experience. Students will learn about:

  • Introduction to Composites
  • Design with Composites
  • Analysis with Composites
  • Composite Materials and Processes
  • Manufacturing with Composites
  • Hot Bond Repair

In order to ensure student participation, class sizes are small at 12 to 18 students. Upon completion of the course, each student will have earned one college credit from Vaughn College of Aeronautics.

Interested in learning more? Please contact Phil Rugile at  or (516) 559-5575.

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