Youngstown State University (YSU), Eastern Gateway Community College (EGCC), and the Columbiana Career Center have partnered with businesses in Northeast Ohio in an effort to increase the training of the workers in the field of advanced manufacturing. YSU will purchase new equipment thanks to funding approved by the state Controlling Board.
YSU received $716,699 to support area workforce development through collaboration with the Columbiana Career Center. The new equipment to be purchased includes a Vari-Drive milling machine, manual lathes with digital readout and taper turning, CNC Wardjet Waterjet cutting system, and a GE Phoenix VtomexS CT System.
The purchase of the new machines allows the schools to educate students on the most updated, state-of-the-art equipment, making for a streamlined transition into the workforce. The training will help prepare students for occupations such as CNC machine tool programmers and operators, electrical engineering technicians, machinists, industrial engineers, maintenance workers, aerospace and robotics engineers, just to name a few.
Joel Hodge, an engineer coordinator from one of the business partners, Dearing, said, “Students who have trained with this (new) technology will be valuable in preparing us to meet the increasingly complex nondestructive evaluation requirements of our industry.”
The purchases are funded by the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Regionally Aligned Priorities in Delivering Skills (RAPIDS) program.
The RAPIDS investment supports federal and other state funds toward the construction of the Mahoning Valley Innovation and Commercialization Center (MVICC), with a planned opening scheduled for 2020. MVICC will provide training using RAPIDS equipment for traditional and non-traditional students from the participating institutions, and offer learning opportunities for incumbent workers.