Lorain County Community College announced on July 22 its partnership with global aerospace and defense entrepreneur ARCTOS Technology Solutions to develop smart manufacturing technologies and training programs for students, educators and employers.
The LCCC is one of three community colleges in Ohio working with ARCTOS on this project, funded by the Air Force Research Lab, according to a press release.
The project builds on existing smart manufacturing initiatives led by the LCCC in collaboration with leaders in industry, economics and workforce development.
The partnership will expand LCCC’s associated diploma and certificate programs that focus on automation and robotics and Industry 4.0 technologies. Industry 4.0 is the fourth revolution in manufacturing, using intelligent technology to allow manufacturing systems to communicate with each other.
Although the benefits of smart technologies are widely recognized in the industry, there remains a significant skills gap in the workforce that has prevented manufacturers from adopting this approach.
“For our local businesses to keep pace with the future of manufacturing and maintain their global competitiveness, they will need skilled and experienced employees in robotics, intelligent manufacturing processes and Industry 4.0 technologies,” said Marcia J, president of Lorain County Community College. Ballinger, Ph.D. âThis collaboration provides us with unique resources, curricula and training programs that will help close this skills gap at an accelerated pace – for the benefit not only of our local employers, but also of our local residents who will be better prepared to continue these high and high salaries. require careers.
The LCCC plans to add two classrooms at the cutting edge of Industry 4.0 to train students, educators and adult workers.
The classrooms will enable accelerated workforce training in partnership with local industry, as well as improved access to equipment and curriculum for local high schools and career centers.
In addition, the LCCC will create a ârobotic lending libraryâ to bring the equipment directly to partner schools.
Attendees will be exposed to the range of career opportunities available working with disruptive technologies for additive manufacturing, photonics, trust systems, autonomy, robotics and big data analytics, according to the release.
âIt is essential to train and prepare the workforce for the future of the manufacturing industry, which is heavily focused on automation and associated smart technologies,â said Joe Sciabica, chief technology officer of ‘ARCTOS. âWe are excited to partner with Lorain County Community College to enhance Industry 4.0 skills training and make Ohio a workforce leader in these emerging technologies. “