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The grand dames of the hotel industry—Marriott, Hilton, and Hyatt—built their reputations on creating a consistent, high-quality product that would ensure a guest had a perfectly predictable experience anywhere in the world. This approach worked like a charm with baby boomers, who liked their premium hotel stays—much like their Starbucks macchiatos—to follow a neat formula. But millennials, it turns out, are different beasts altogether. Big hotel chains don’t interest them. (more…)

FTCC opening new ICAR program, first of its kind!

Crash car repair gets the high tech treatment at FTCC

By Gregory Phillips, The Fayetteville Observer, N.C.

Sept. 09–In 2014, repairing a crashed car takes an understanding of chemistry and metallurgy, and the smarts to recognize that every make and model is different.

“It’s no longer Jimbo and Billy Bob’s bait shop and collision repair,” said Paul Gage. “A technician today is an engineer. They’re engineering a car to respond correctly to collision energy.”

Gage, an industry veteran, is leading a new associate degree program in advanced collision repair at Fayetteville Technical Community College. The curriculum was drafted by Gage and others in the industry to qualify graduates to work on vehicles in an era of rapid and dramatic changes in vehicle design and repair. (more…)

FTCC Hosting 13th Annual Defense Trade Show

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By Drew Brooks Military editor, Fayetteville Observer, N.C.

An annual trade show that draws hundreds of defense contractors to Fayetteville begins Tuesday, Aug. 5.

The 13th annual N.C. Defense and Economic Development Trade Show on the campus of Fayetteville Technical Community College is expected to attract at least 800 companies, according to Scott Dorney. It is the largest gathering of military contractors in the state. (more…)

FTCC opens Veteran’s Center – editorial by president of FTCC

FTCC’s All-American Veteran’s Center – A Best Practice for Vets

By J. Larry Keen

As our nation and our community scrutinize the current state of affairs in medical care for our vets, there is reason to take pride in other ways we have stepped up to better serve those who have bravely served our country.

The GI Bill, passed at the conclusion of World War II and recognized as a pillar of support for our military veterans, continues to secure a brighter future for those who have returned from service in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere. (more…)