Ohio-based heavy-truck braking technology manufacturer Bendix, in collaboration with the College of Scientific and Technological Studies of the State of Coahuila (CECyTEC) – a local technical vocational school – and the Mexican government, recently broke ground for an industrial production laboratory in order to increase educational opportunities for youth in Acuna, Coahuila.
The laboratory was made possible by a shared commitment among the three organizations to enhance CECyTEC’s facilities, infrastructure, and curriculum.
The new 2,500-square-foot state-of-the-art industrial production lab is part of a two-initiative plan. Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems will also provide a dual education apprenticeship opportunity for select CECyTEC students, while delivering practical training for the students at the company’s Acuna campus. The company is working with CECyTEC on program curriculum and lab design.
Funding for lab construction and equipment is provided by Knorr-Bremse Global Care, Bendix/Bendix Foundation, and CECyTEC. They are contributing US$ 150,000, US$ 75,000, and US$ 25,000 respectively. The dual-education program is funded solely by Bendix.
With completion expected by the end of the year, the production lab will provide an on-site opportunity for CECyTEC students to simulate and experiment on practical industrial workplace scenarios. The apprenticeship program launched on August 28 and features ongoing two-year scholarships that combine classroom instruction at CECyTEC with hands-on training at Bendix.
Four CECyTEC students were selected for the inaugural class in this visionary program; four additional students will be added in each subsequent year. A total of eight students will be participating concurrently at any time throughout the program.
Bendix has maintained its growing manufacturing operations in Acuña, a city of 181,000, since 1988. The company manufactures brakes, air-handling systems and active safety systems for trucks and buses.