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Ohio Manufacturing Work Partnership Is Announced

Friday, August 31, 2018
 
Yaskawa Motoman, Dayton, OH and RAMTEC (Robotics & Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative), Marion, OH, have announced the formation of the Ohio Manufacturing Workforce Partnership. The partnership’s mission is to support the State of Ohio in creating a highly sustainable workforce development model and provide Ohio educators and students with STEM-aligned curriculum and training to become proficient in Industry 4.0 technologies.

As a robotics company, Yaskawa Motoman collaborates with educators and industry professionals to help build a relevant workforce training environment through educational tools and STEM curriculum. RAMTEC serves as an accreditor of high school and adult robotics manufacturing licensures and certifications that seeks to create sustainable solutions for filling Ohio’s robotics and advanced manufacturing skills gap.

“Data reveals that within ten years nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will sit empty, with the skills gap being responsible for 2 million of those jobs going unfilled,” says Ritch Ramey, RAMTEC Coordinator and Engineering Instructor. “Forming mutually-beneficial relationships with manufacturers through the Ohio Manufacturing Workforce Partnership will create the foundation needed to move Ohio’s workforce forward.”

Funding, earmarked at $400,000, will make possible development of a training and application-development model for workers and students statewide. Highlights will include creation of in-lab and classroom instructional strategies, development of advanced industry-recognized robotic certifications, utilization of augmented and virtual reality (VR) technologies to develop a new class of training tools and curriculum, an incorporation of industry-utilized robotic equipment aligned to the industrial manufacturing base. Ongoing identification and creation of new training models to support the robotics-manufacturing pipeline also will continue.

 


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