Northwest State Community College hosted the 2019 Manufacturing Day Expo on Friday, October 4. Now in its sixth year, the event brings area manufacturers and high school juniors and seniors together to display the numerous career opportunities available right here in northwest Ohio. This year’s event hosted over 30 employers and over 400 area students.
Congressman Bob Latta of Ohio’s 5th District and Representative Jim Hoops from District 81 were on hand to meet with employers and students and to see first-hand how the community comes together to promote advanced manufacturing to our future workforce.
One of the notable visits for Congressman Latta was to the NSCC Cryptic Cyborgs table, as well as the adjacent Wieland Chase table. The Cyborgs, a student-populated robotics team, recently won a regional Apollo Next Giant Leap Student competition, earning the team a visit to Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Mike Tisovic, Plant Manager with Wieland Chase, located in Montpelier, was on hand to share some behind-the-scenes work on how the company works with the students from start to finish. The Cryptic Cyborgs is a local collaboration between NSCC, Wieland Chase, North Star BlueScope Steel, Swanton Welding Company and Worthington Industries.
For Representative Hoops, Manufacturing Day provided a valuable opportunity to connect with county officials, including economic development, CIC and other offices. “As I travel the 81st House District there is one challenge I hear from many manufacturing companies: ‘We need skilled workers,’” Hoops said.
“Northwest State Community College is answering that challenge by holding an annual Manufacturing Day where students and employers can come together and talk about opportunities in the manufacturing sector. I feel the students who attended the event went away with an understanding that there are many opportunities in Northwest Ohio and there are people in the area who will help them find those opportunities,” Hoops concluded.
NSCC President Dr. Michael Thomson noted the College was very appreciative of the employers, local schools, and elected officials visiting campus for this big event. “Manufacturing is a key segment of the Northwest Ohio economy. NSCC is proud to help employers recruit local talent to keep their businesses strong. We were very happy to see US Rep. Bob Latta and Ohio Rep. Jim Hoops attend our event. It is clear that state and national legislatures are encouraging strong partnerships with community colleges and area employers to keep our workforce strong,” he said.