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North Central State College Awarded $264,000 Workforce Development Grant

North Central State College was selected to receive an Ohio Board of Regents’ Non-Credit Job Training Capital Improvement Facilities Fund – Workforce Development Equipment and Facility grant of $264,877.

The competitive grant announced by Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor John Carey will provide for the installation of a Fabrication Laboratory (Fab Lab), and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) and robotics training equipment.

NC State President Dr. Dorey Diab expressed pleasure at the news of the grant award. “We are pleased with the award and the confidence shown in our college by the Board of Regents. The important part of the grant is it increases our ability to work with area companies to help them develop products, and train workers for high-paying jobs,” he said. “Through collaboration with our area partners, we are committed to serve the needs of our community and business and industry, to regain the vibrancy and vitality of our region.”

Projected at $190,265, the Fab Lab will consist of 3-D Rapid Prototyping Machines, an Epilog Laser Engraver/Cutter, a Vinyl Printer/Cutter, Benchtop CNC Milling Machine, Laser Scanner, Professional Series Computer Systems, and required training for NC State personnel.

Fab Labs are increasingly being adopted as platforms for project-based, hands-on STEM education and prototyping for entrepreneurs and small manufacturing concerns. Users learn by designing and creating objects relating to their field of interest or import. The Fab Lab can be a powerful tool for boosting small companies to another level by helping them prototype new products for their business.

In college classes, rather than relying on a fixed curriculum, learning happens in an engaging, personal context, one in which students go through cycles of imagination, design, prototyping, reflection and iteration as they find solutions to real-world challenges or bring their designs to life. In incumbent worker training offered through the Workforce Partnerships of North Central Ohio, trainees will experience the manufacturing process from concept to part production. Additionally, the Fab Lab will permit area manufacturers to produce prototype parts without the expense of design and installation of new production tooling in their plants for a limited part run.

In responding to requests from area industries, NC State also will use grant funds to acquire FANUC CNC Certified Education Training equipment as a part of the Fab Lab. The CNC certification cart takes classroom training to a new level by allowing students to experience the complete programming, setup and operational workflow inside the classroom. The FANUC CNC certification cart is projected at $39,987.

NC State also will acquire a Conveyor Cart to create an integrated material handling mechatronic work cell. Designed to operate with FANUC robots to be purchased through the $2.9 million grant previously awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor, the Conveyor Cart is estimated at $34,625.

Key partners in the project include the Workforce Partnerships of North Central Ohio, the Small Business Development Center, the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the Richland Community Development Group, Richland County Job and Family Services , The Ohio State University at Mansfield, Ashland County West Holmes Career Center, Knox County Career Center, Madison Adult Career Center, Pioneer Career & Technology Center, Diversified Assemblies Inc., The Gorman-Rupp Co., Mansfield Plumbing Products, and Newman Technologies Inc.

Collins named to Columbia College Chicago Dean’s List

CHICAGO — Columbia College Chicago congratulates Shelbi Collins, a Marketing Communication major from Galion (44833) on being named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester 2013. To to be named to the Dean’s List at Columbia College Chicago, students must have taken at least 12 credit hours and have a 3.75 grade point average or above for that semester.

Columbia College Chicago is an urban institution that offers innovative degree programs in the visual, performing, media and communication arts to more than 10,000 students in 120 undergraduate and graduate programs. An arts and media college committed to a rigorous liberal arts curriculum, Columbia is dedicated to opportunity and excellence in higher education. For further information, visit www.colum.edu.

Pioneer’s fifth annual Cardboard Boat Regatta showcases students’ intelligence and creativity

SHELBY — Student’s intelligence, creativity and engineering skills were on display at the fifth annual Cardboard Boat Regatta that was held at Colonel Crawford High School last Wednesday afternoon.

Using cardboard, duct tape, and engineering knowledge students are to build swimming pool worthy boats! Students from Colonel Crawford, Crestline, and Lucas competed against one another to take to their home school the traveling oar. The traveling oar trophy, which is in its third year, went to Crestline who tallied up seven total points.

Crestline’s #10 boat finished with the fastest time of the race with a combined time of 188.7 seconds between: Jordan Sipes, Mikel Knetter, and Kamin Gerhart.

The event is part of Pioneer’s Engineering Satellite Program and was created by Crestline’s Keith Strickler.

“I had the idea to work with the guys from Lucas, Colonel Crawford, and Shelby who was also in it originally,” Strickler continued. “We are all satellite programs of Pioneer, but we are spread out amongst multiple counties and schools. This is a way for us to work together on a cool project that we can do together, and build the awareness of the satellite programs at Pioneer.”

Another award is the most creative boat; it was a close call between Crestline’s Herbie the Love Boat and Colonel Crawford’s Kitten Boat but it was Lucas students Matt Smallen, Joe Fife, and Christopher Boyd who won with their Paddle Boat. The Lucas Paddle Boat also won the best engineered boat award, which was the first of its type in the five years of the race.

Most buoyant boat went to Lucas as well for students Dalton Dennison, Kody Thompson, and Trevor Davis, who were able to fit over 800 pounds into their boat without sinking.

For the first time in The Great Cardboard Boat Regatta history teachers, principals, and superintendents got in on the action! Crestline Principal Paul Wheeler, Crestline Engineering teacher Keith Strickler, Colonel Crawford Superintendent Todd Martin, Lucas Principal Eric Teague, and Lucas Superintendent Dan Freund participated in the event.

Lucas’s Wheeler grabbed attention from the crowd as he captained his boat as Darth Vader, but in the end it was Colonel Crawford’s Martin with help from student Brad Bauer who won the round.

Buckeye Central students Clay McCarthy, Eric Hanes, and Alec Baldosser also participated in the event; however they were not part of the competition as it was part of the students’ senior class project.

Pioneer Career and Technology Center has been providing quality career-technical education to high school juniors and seniors for over 40 years. We serve students from 14 partner schools and offer adult education programs. Visit our website at www.go2pioneer.com.

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