RCBI Machinist Student Receives Scholarship

Scholarship ceremony

Zachary T. Miller, a Wellsburg resident who attends classes at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing’s Bridgeport Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, has received a scholarship to continue his training.

Miller is the inaugural recipient of the Dr. Robert B. Hayes & Mr. Everett Black Honorary Scholarship. He will receive $1,000 to help him toward his associate degree in technical studies from Mountwest Community and Technical College. Miller’s advanced manufacturing education will focus on CNC programming and design.

Richard Martin, PE, a recent RCBI retiree, established the scholarship fund in August with an initial gift to honor two other recent RCBI retirees, Hayes and Black. Hayes and Mountwest both matched Martin’s donation. To be eligible for the scholarship, a recipient must be a second-year student enrolled in RCBI’s CNC/Machinist Technology Program at Mountwest.

Miller reinforced his interest in a career as a machinist on his scholarship application.

“You could never feel more proud of yourself than when you start with a raw piece of material and turn it into something beautiful using either a lathe or vertical milling machine,” Miller wrote.

Charlotte Weber, RCBI’s Director & CEO, said, “By preparing a skilled workforce of motivated individuals like Zachary, we have the opportunity to enhance the manufacturing sector’s ability to develop business opportunities and compete on a global scale.”

The RCBI program, which began in 1998 as a direct response to meet industry need, has produced a 90-plus percent placement rate for its graduates, Weber said. In addition, serving as West Virginia’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center has allowed RCBI to partner with West Virginia’s career centers, community college system and its four-year institutions to develop seamless educational pathways that allow individuals to earn their national certifications, associate degrees, and soon have the opportunity for their four-year degrees.

“Any time we’re able to create a better defined and more easily accessible pathway for students to pursue higher education, it’s a win for the student, community and industry,” said Dr. Keith Cotroneo, President of Mountwest. “Our partnership with RCBI continues to grow and open up these new opportunities for students interested in the manufacturing sector.”

For more information about the scholarship, including details about donations, contact Sheanna Spence, Director of Development at Mountwest at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

About Mountwest
Mountwest Community & Technical College provides programs to meet the varied educational and workforce development needs of its students and the community. Mountwest offers two-year degree and one-year certificate programs in Allied Health, Business and Information Technology, Human Services, Occupational and Technical Programs, as well as numerous continuing education opportunities and customized instruction. Mountwest is located at its new campus located atop Fifth Street hill in Huntington.

About RCBI
As West Virginia’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, The Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) encourages job creation, economic development, innovation and entrepreneurship by supporting manufacturing companies of all sizes. RCBI offers access to leading-edge equipment and specialized training for everyone from sole proprietors to Fortune 500 companies.

Accompanying photograph - description for The Dr. Robert B. Hayes & Mr. Everett Black Honorary Scholarship

From left: Jesse Williams, Machinist Technology/CNC Instructor at RCBI; Everett “Ed” Black; Charlotte Weber, RCBI Director & CEO; Zachary Miller, scholarship recipient; Dr. Keith Cotroneo, President of Mountwest; Rick Martin, RCBI retiree, and Sheanna Spence, Director of Development at Mountwest.