Miami University Voice of America Learning Center, 7847 VOA Park Drive, West Chester, OH 45069
Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor John Carey; Miami University Associate Provost and Regional Campus Dean Dr. G. Michael Pratt; Miami University Associate Provost for Research Dr. Jim Oris; Miami University Associate Professor of Chemical, Paper and BIomedical Engineering Dr. Jessica Sparks; Miami University Professor and Chair, Engineering Technology Dr. Ayodele Abatan; Miami University Associate Professor of Nursing Deborah Beyer; Miami University Director of Nursing Resource Center & Visiting Assistant Professor Brenda Barnes, Miami University Student Elizabeth Dimbath; University of Cincinnati Professor and Chair, Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Paul Orkwis; Cincinnati State Technical & Community College Interim President Dr. Monica Posey; Cincinnati State Technical & Community College Dean, Center for Innovative Technologies, Dr. Douglas Bowling, Cincinnati State Technical & Community College Grant Administrator Lawra Baumann; TechSolve President Gary Conley; REDI Cincinnati PR Manager Erin Rolfes; Warren County Career Center Adult Education Director Tom Harris; Ohio Senator Bill Coley; Ohio Representative Wes Retherford.
Chancellor Carey will provide an overview of the higher education items within the Mid-Biennium Review, and how they are designed to make higher education more affordable for all students in Ohio. In addition, southwest Ohio education and business leaders will outline the successful Regionally Aligned Priorities in Delivering Skills (RAPIDS) grant awarded to the region. RAPIDS grant partners include Miami University (Oxford, Hamilton and Middletown); the University of Cincinnati (UC and UC Clermont); Cincinnati State Technical & Community College; four regional Ohio Career Centers – Butler Technology and Career Development Schools, Great Oaks Career Campus, Southern Hills Career and Technical Center, and Warren County Career Center; TechSolve; and REDI Cincinnati. Miami University will present the group’s plan on developing a regional workforce in additive and advanced manufacturing, with a focus on the aerospace and biohealth industries. Media will have an opportunity to conduct one-on-one interviews with the Chancellor and southwest Ohio RAPIDS partners after the event.