Thanks to nearly $400,000 in grants, the Bridges to Career Opportunities initiative is aiming to train hundreds of people in Lucas County. The training aligns with local career opportunities, helping put the unemployed back to work and the underemployed in better careers. Northwest State Community College is excited to be a partner in the program, which focuses on healthcare, manufacturing and technology.
Inspiring the next generation of manufacturers was the theme at the Manufacturing Day Expo, held recently at Northwest State Community College in Archbold, Ohio. Now in its fifth year, the event brings manufacturers and high school juniors and seniors together to teach students about the opportunities available to them right here in northwest Ohio. This year’s event hosted 40 area manufacturers and almost 400 area students.
“This is not your grandpa’s factory” is one of the key components of showing these students that manufacturing is clean, automated and safe. It is also a well-paying career choice that typically includes health care benefits, retirement and tuition reimbursement.
New this year, automotive industry manufacturers were highlighted in the College’s north parking lot. Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers to automobile companies like GM, Chrysler, Honda and Ford were able to show off the parts that they make and where you would find them in your vehicle. Whether it was brakes, seat frames or windshields, the students were able to make the connections of how important northwest Ohio manufacturers are.
Inside the Atrium, numerous manufactures brought hands-on activities, videos and plenty of success stories of young adults who graduated and went into the manufacturing industry.
Here’s what some of the participating companies had to say about the event:
“Sauder is excited to share in the manufacturing day experience for our northwest Ohio area youth. Our facilities are filled with technology and robots that run our day-to-day operations. After students experience Manufacturing Day, they can see how modern manufacturing offers job security and stability and a variety of career paths,” said Kevin Sauder, president/CEO of Sauder Woodworking.
“Northwest Ohio is a great place to live and work! Manufacturing Day is a prime opportunity for students to learn about employment opportunities available in their own back yard. Worthington Industries is proud to sponsor an event that not only encourages, but facilitates the building of relationships between students and employers. This year’s level of student engagement with employers was very impressive and we hope they continue to consider local employment after high school,” said Jessica Double, HR generalist at Worthington Industries.
“The Manufacturing Day event at NSCC is a celebration of what we do in America – we make things! This community event connecting local companies and schools is our attempt to educate the youth on the career opportunities in our community. We have world-class companies with world-class career opportunities for local youth,” said Jim Drewes, executive director of workforce development at Custom Training Solutions.
About manufacturing Day
Manufacturing Day is planned and coordinated through a partnership comprised of Custom Training Solutions, a division of Northwest State Community College, the Henry County CIC, Fulton County Economic Development, Williams County Economic Development, Defiance County Economic Development and Paulding County Economic Development. Students also completed a pre and a post-event survey showing an increase of 12% of students who would consider working in manufacturing and an 8% increase on whether they knew what manufacturing was when comparing the pre and post-event surveys.
Northwest State Community College, the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the Advanced Manufacturing Consortium will be hosting a very important informational cybersecurity event on Friday, September 28 at the Northwest State Archbold Campus in Room C200.
This cybersecurity event is geared toward small to medium-sized businesses, suppliers to the Department of Defense and their supply chains, automotive manufacturing companies and their supply chains, and manufacturers in general. Some of the topics that are scheduled to be covered include the DFARS Mandate and what it means, NIST cybersecurity framework, risk assessment and gap analysis, and new developments such as Ohio Senate SB220 and the NIST SB Cybersecurity Act.
“The manufacturing sector is the second-most popular target for cyberattacks. Fortunately, there are industry standards and best practices that businesses can put in place to reduce their risk. We are very pleased to host this event and allow this information to be shared with area businesses,” said Todd Hernandez, vice president for innovation and chief information officer at Northwest State.
Register now! Networking will begin at 7:30 a.m., with the program running from 8-10 a.m. The cost is $25 per company, with no limit on the number of attendees per company. Register online, email Tori Wolf at twolf@NorthwestState.edu, or call 419.267.1219 today.
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D.,Ohio) recently visited Cherry Street Mission Ministries’ Life Revitalization Center to talk about a bill that will support those impacted by the opioid epidemic. During the visit, he heard from Denise Johnson, a graduate of NSCC’s call-center program. Denise battled addiction for ten years before becoming sober and enrolling in the program. Since graduating, she is gainfully employed and has transformed her life. Read more about the visit in The Blade.
NSCC recently held its first-ever GenCyber teacher camp at the Scott Park location in Toledo. During the week-long camp, NSCC faculty and staff provided hands-on instruction in cybersecurity awareness and best practices to sixteen Toledo Public Schools (TPS) teachers, helping them to incorporate these tools into their curriculum. The TPS teacher participants represented eleven schools and teach at the first through twelfth grade level.
“The NSA GenCyber Camp 10 principles are cybersecurity best practices at a high level,” said Roger Spears, cybersecurity training coordinator at NSCC and lead instructor of the camp. “The group of TPS teachers we had at the camp were absolutely outstanding,” noted Spears. “Every teacher in attendance was engaged during the camp. It was obvious from day one how much they care about their students,” he continued.
The GenCyber program is co-funded by the National Security Administration and the National Science Foundation. Northwest State Community College was one of only three higher education institutions in Ohio receive the GenCyber grant. The camps, open to all K-12 teachers, provide expert training designed to enhance the safety and educational experience for students. Topics covered in the camps include online ethics, cyberbullying, internet safety, wireless network basics & security, networking basics and more. Additional information on the GenCyber camps is available at gen-cyber.com.
Northwest State currently has two cybersecurity programs. The short-term certificate program is geared toward the working individual needing more cybersecurity knowledge, while the two-year program is a more traditional associate degree program. “NSCC also has 2+2 programs available with other state institutions that allow NSCC students to earn a bachelor’s degree in the discipline without leaving the NSCC campus for course work,” said Spears.
For additional information on Northwest State certificate, degree and transfer option programs, contact the NSCC Admissions Office. For additional information on workforce development, visit trainwithCTS.com.
Northwest State hosted a vital workforce development discussion at Advanced Manufacturing Training Center in Toledo on February 19. The “Make It In America” jobs plan, originally launched in July 2010 by Congressman Steny Hoyer, of Maryland’s 5th District, sought to strengthen the domestic manufacturing sector. The “Listening Tour” is currently traveling across the country to hear from Americans on how to best address today’s economic challenges and tap into new opportunities.
Congressman Hoyer was joined today by Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragan, of California’s 44th District, and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, of Ohio’s 9th District. The roundtable also included representatives from NSCC and the University of Toledo, plus major employers, community organizations and more.
For more information on the event, see the article in The Blade.
For more information on the available programs at the NSCC Scott Park location, visit trainwithcts.com.
At the Advanced Manufacturing Training Center at the UT Scott Park Campus, we’re reaching Toledo-area students, providing them with learning and hands-on training programs that lead to great career opportunities. We’re excited about the partnerships with local businesses and organizations that are helping to close the skills gap and put people to work in growing fields like manufacturing and engineering. For more information on NSCC programs available at the UT-Scott Park campus, visit trainwithcts.com.
Northwest State Community College continues its work with six other regional educational partners through the Northwest Ohio Educational Partners Consortium, receiving a new grant of $82,562. The grant, from the Ohio Board of Regents Regionally Aligned Priorities in Delivering Skills Program (RAPIDS), was established to support workforce development efforts for the region. This new grant is a continuation of a multi-phase project supported by the Department of Higher Education, with a 2014 biennium allocation of $2 million.
Utilizing current and previous funding, the grant partners continually develop training programs that include portable equipment that can be brought to various sites throughout the region for workforce training. The training supports manufacturing plants, food-processing plants, refineries, power plants, water treatment facilities and more. The training involves mechatronics, process control, and IT/cybersecurity.
“The RAPIDS program was the catalyst for our regional educational partners to come together for the first time as a unified educational body and create a consortium,” stated Todd Hernandez, vice president for innovation at Northwest State.
The Northwest Ohio Regional Training Hub (NORTH) program made some key determinations through internal research and inventory, as well as conversations with key employers and decision-makers throughout the region. “Given our manufacturing strengths and the new advanced manufacturing technologies, we are confident that the NORTH program concept will effectively address the pressing workforce development needs in northwest Ohio,” concluded Hernandez.
The initial RAPIDS grant provided funding to develop training materials and purchase equipment that is housed in two training trailers, to be used as portable classrooms that can move to various sites as needed. The trailers are housed at University of Toledo Scott Park Campus when not in use.
The RAPIDS grant is a combined effort between the University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, Penta Career Center (Rossford), Terra State Community College (Fremont), Rhodes State College (Lima), Owens Community College (Perrysburg) and Northwest State Community College (Archbold).