Industry Partners

The Power of Partnership

Our industry partners are the foundation of our organization. By providing insight into the workforce with innovative curriculum and guidance they are a driving force in our students' success.



Snap-on Incorporated, NC3’s first and founding business partner, is a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for professional users performing critical tasks. The Snap-on Technical Education Program partners with schools, local industry, and students to make classroom instruction more compelling and technical certifications more valued in the marketplace.
Trane®, a brand of Ingersoll Rand®, is a world leader in air conditioning systems, services, and solutions. Trane helps customers succeed by providing innovative solutions that optimize indoor environments through a broad portfolio of energy-efficient heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, building, contracting and energy services, parts support and advanced controls for homes and commercial buildings.


3M is a global science company that never stops inventing. Using 46 technology platforms, our integrated team of scientists and researchers works with customers to create breakthroughs. Our inventions have improved daily life for hundreds of millions of people all over the world. Scientists, researchers and marketers work across countries and across subjects to solve challenges big and small.
Festo is a global manufacturer of process control and factory automation solutions. Our passion is automation — intelligent automation solutions that transform the way people work — and the way companies compete. Our aim is to help our customers make their products faster, smarter and more precisely. And our purpose is to help people turn the power of intelligent automation into a catalyst for transformation.


Lincoln Electric – with a century of involvement in welding training, research, instruction, participation in industry groups, code development and support of educator, trade and youth organizations – offers the industry’s most comprehensive group of equipment, electrodes, welding training systems, curriculum and resources available for the welding education market today.
For more than 150 years, Greenlee has been a provider of quality equipment and tools to trade professionals across the world. Greenlee is committed to providing the latest technology necessary keeping pace with the rapidly changing needs of our customers. As part of Emerson, Greenlee’s is part of a network of powerful brands such as Ridge Tools allowing us to service professionals in mechanical, electrical and plumbing trades.ss today.


“For Earth, For Life” is much more than Kubota’s brand statement. It’s a mission we dedicate ourselves as a global company. We are committed to engineering excellence so that our customers can focus on planting, feeding, building and caring for our world.
Starrett tools are essential for the many products that are measured, cut, formed or assembled. They are used in a broad range of manufacturing facilities as an essential part of metalworking, the manufacturing of durable goods, for working with exotic materials and in a wide variety of traditional and newer industries such as electronics, aerospace, energy and many others.


Daniels Manufacturing Corporation is the recognized leading manufacturer for the aircraft, aerospace, and high-reliability electronics industries, with experience that spans seven decades. DMC products have been used on virtually every Defense System, Aircraft Program, Land or Sea Going Transport System, Space Exploration Program, and in many other types of manufacturing and support activity.
Palmer Hamilton’s turn-key FabLab/Makerspace solution begins with inspirational design, efficient installation, training & program development, including curriculum, and finally total service & support for your space. We are leveraging nearly 90 years of Palmer Hamilton experience in providing solutions to the education market in combination with industry experts in the FabLab/Makerspace movement to bring these innovative learning spaces to students around the U.S.



Dremel is an American brand of power tools known primarily for its rotary tools. Dremel’s Idea Builder 3D Printer is more than just a 3D printer with software and filament. Educators also get world-class 1:1 customer support, Professional Development, curriculum-based lesson plans and peace of mind with UL certification and the industry’s best warranty.

The IC3 Digital Literacy Certification, by Certiport - A Pearson VUE Business, is the globally-recognized credential that gives students a competitive edge in the job market, as well as confidence and skills validation needed to excel in academics. IC3 Global Standard 5 (GS5) reflects the most current and relevant digital literacy skills.