Northwest State Community College in Archbold joined Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Associate Vice Chancellor Cheryl Rice and Assistant Deputy Chancellor John Magill, along with Senator Rob McColley, for a sit-down meeting to showcase the college’s public and private partnerships with area high schools and industry.
Dr. Dan Burklo, NSCC Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) offered the presentation.
The college’s partnerships – which include the companies Automatic Feed in Napoleon, Defiance Metal Products, B&B Molded Products in Defiance, AP Tool in Hicksville, and area high schools – provide primarily high school juniors and seniors awareness of a modern manufacturing facility and the opportunity to learn about engineering technology careers in modern manufacturing.
Students benefit from classes that include hands-on experiences and manufacturing facility tours. The program has served over 100 students to date, including participation from the Ayersville, Defiance, Hicksville, Holgate, Liberty Center, Napoleon, Patrick Henry, Tinora, and Wauseon school districts.
NSCC said the program is particularly vital, given the growing skills gap in the area. According to the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, state manufacturing is responsible for 18 percent of Ohio’s gross domestic product, accounts for about 700,000 jobs across the state, and is the largest of the 20 sectors of Ohio’s economy, including government. The average annual earnings of Ohio workers on manufacturing payrolls in 2015 were $58,190.
Following the presentation, Dr. Burklo led the group on a tour of the College’s E-wing, where engineering technology courses and labs are utilized to educate and prepare students for their next steps – career or transfer.
“We are proud to have established partnerships with some great local businesses and high schools,” Burklo said. “The flexibility of all the partners involved allows us to deliver this hands-on education to keep northwest Ohio running strong and strengthen our communities.”
For more information on the program, contact the NSCC STEM division office at 419-267-1394 or email STEM@NorthwestState.edu.