Englewood, Ohio – In August of 2014, an Ohio Straight A Fund Grant was awarded to career center partners to create nine Robotics & Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative (RAMTEC) facilities in Ohio. The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) is the Miami Valley’s regional RAMTEC facility providing training opportunities to a 12 county area (Darke, Preble, Miami, Montgomery, Warren, Clark, Mercer, Auglaize, Champaign, Greene, Clinton, and Shelby Counties). The proven success of the RAMTEC facility at Tri-Rivers Career Center in Marion, Ohio, is the model for the additional eight facilities. The goal is to strengthen the collaboration between industry, education and government to offer industry certifications for robotics, CNC machining, mechatronics, industrial maintenance, and robotic welding, all at a regional career center. This will provide a means to supply area industry leaders with a viable and highly trained workforce. It is also a pathway for both high school and adult learners to receive in-demand training in the latest technology and leave with industry certifications, highly technical skills and optimally a new career. As part of the collaborative, the MVCTC received $1.47 million of the grant to provide state-of-the-art equipment and to renovate space at their Hoke Road campus into a RAMTEC center.
The grant money allowed MVCTC to create a 21st century advanced manufacturing and robotics lab where both high school and adults students will now be able to receive industry certifications from the largest robotics and industrial maintenance companies in the world including, FANUC and Yaskawa Motoman Robotics, Allen-Bradley and Mitsubishi PLCs, Parker Hydraulics and FANUC CNC. All RAMTEC sites received 3D printers, lasers, capable of etching, cutting and engraving various materials, and VEX robotics. These pieces of technology will serve a dual role in the robotic and automation lab, as well as being transportable enough to serve in mobile trailers that will enable them to take their training equipment to fairs, middle schools, trade shows and recruitment events.
The MVCTC RAMTEC center will train people to work as technicians and engineers familiar with the use of robotics and associated industrial automation and maintenance. MVCTC Superintendent, Dr. Nick Weldy, said, “The RAMTEC initiative is a robust and deep experience for high school and adult students including unemployed and underemployed incumbent workers across the Miami Valley region. The MVCTC is proud to be leading these efforts and collaborating with our partners to solve the region’s workforce challenges.”
For over 40-years, MVCTC has been providing career technical education for 27 partner school districts encompassing five counties in Southwest Ohio. MVCTC is dedicated to providing in-demand workforce training for youth, adults, and organizations in the Miami Valley.
For more information about RAMTEC @ MVCTC, visit www.mvctc.com/RAMTEC or follow MVCTC on Facebook (Facebook.com/MVCTC) or Twitter (Twitter.com/MVCTC).
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