The skills gap is an ongoing issue and community colleges are working to educate those who need it. Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) is one of the colleges working to bridge the gap and encourage a career in manufacturing.
In a state that has long driven manufacturing, Tri-C is steeped in a region rich in manufacturing. The community college opened in 1963 as Ohio’s first community college. Tri-C’s Manufacturing Technology Center of Excellence in Northeast Ohio has long recognized the need for trained professionals in the region. As a result, it is working to expand its customized training solutions. With the release of its new mobile training unit, manufacturing training throughout Northeast Ohio is now more accessible. The mobile training unit addresses the skills gap by creating a learning environment for students and instructors. The unit will be traveling upon request to locations throughout Northeastern Ohio.
Responding to the needs of a community, this unit allows for individuals to learn new skills that can help them take advantage of the opportunities within the evolving industrial sectors. These jobs provide sustaining wages and benefits for workers seeking a rewarding career.
As an alternative to traditional site-built construction, the 53ft mobile classroom contains a hands-on lab and classroom with instructor station and seating for ten students. It also includes one station for a student with disabilities. Multiple training classes can be tailored through a “plug and play” feature that allows for multiple training unites to be connected.
Initial training programs include:
- CNC Machining
- Welding Techniques
- 3D Printing
- Programmable Logic Control
To provide demand-driven training and help retain employees at client sites, the mobile training unit will keep business competitive by upgrading skills and process improvements for the existing workforce. Secondary and post-secondary education institutions will also receive the benefits of this training unit as Tri-C hopes to train tomorrow’s workforce by addressing talent pipeline issues.
The mobile unit can also be spotted generating interest at events within the region. Traveling throughout Northeast Ohio, Tri-C’s unit will promote the opportunities within manufacturing at community events, fairs, and schools.
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