The American Welding Society predicts a shortage of welders in the coming years and the National Center for Welding Education and Training is addressing this need head-on through innovative training and recruitment strategies. Headquartered on LCCC’s campus, the Center is a dynamic partnership between industry, higher education, the American Welding Society and the National Science Foundation. With 10 partner colleges and more than 40 business and industry affiliates from around the country, Weld-Ed develops national curriculum and trains welding educators and technicians who are carrying the materials joining trade into the future. From repairing underwater structures to welding in outer space, Weld-Ed trains today’s students for the well-paying careers of tomorrow.
National Association of Manufacturers Manufacturing Skills Certification System
Lorain County Community College is one of four lead community colleges piloting a national program that provides the NAM-endorsed Skills Certification System to students to prepare them for advanced manufacturing careers. It focuses on the core, basic skills required for entry-level workers in all sectors of manufacturing, from alternative energy and computers to aerospace and life-saving pharmaceuticals. The NAM system organizes individual certification programs designed and validated by partners ACT, Inc.; the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council; the American Welding Society; the National Institute of Metalworking Skills; and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers into a national structure creating educational pathways with “stackable” credentials leading to an associate’s degree. For more information, call (440) 366-4005.
Lorain County Community College is a member of the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network (MAGNET), a regional collaboration of manufacturers, educational institutions, economic organizations and chambers of commerce. Partners work together to champion manufacturing technologies by assisting manufacturers with all aspects of the industry. MAGNET is a voice for manufacturing, advocating for manufacturers with local and regional regulatory agencies.
Through a partnership with the Northeast Ohio Technology Coalition (NorTech), Lorain County Community College has a leading role in fostering the development of new technology in Northeast Ohio. The coalition focuses on the industries of advanced materials, power, information and communication technology, bioscience and health care, and electronics. NorTech builds on the strengths of the region and propels new technology-based industries into the global economy.
Lorain County Community College is training a new generation of technicians to meet the demand for sources of green energy. Anticipating Northeast Ohio’s potential to generate wind power, LCCC created the cutting-edge Alternative Energy Technology—Wind Turbine program. It is the first associate’s degree credit program in wind power in Ohio. Graduates enter the job market as wind turbine technicians trained to construct and repair turbine units. A one-year certificate of proficiency program is also available, helping displaced workers get retrained quickly and back into the workforce.
Using state-of-the-art manufacturing technology, the Fab Lab allows the next generation of students to design and create anything from innovative prototypes to signs and micro-sensors. One of only 30 digital personal fabrication labs in the world – and one of three at a community college – LCCC’s Fab Lab puts the future of advanced manufacturing in the hands of students, businesses and community members. In collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the United States Fab Lab Network, LCCC’s Fab Lab integrates digital fabrication experiences in support of the College’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives. Credit and noncredit courses in programming are available, making LCCC the premier location for students and industry members looking to forge ahead.
Materials Joining Institute – Welding Technology
An associate’s degree, a one-year technical certificate, or a short-term certificate in welding technology prepares graduates for the welding profession which projects a 250,000 deficit in skilled workers in coming years (American Welding Society). Additionally, the Materials Joining Institute provides customized training for industry, as well as noncredit and programming for those in need of skills updates.
Computer Application Integration Specialist (CAIS) Programs
Associate of applied science degree and one-year certificate programs train students for high-demand jobs as IT specialists. Students specialize in one of five IT sectors, including health care, digital forensics, manufacturing, banking or transportation logistics. Coursework includes projects and industry connections that give students real world experience that employers expect in new hires.
Computer and Digital Forensics Programs
An associate’s degree and one-year technical certificate in computer and digital forensics readies graduates to enter a myriad of professions in the technology sector. Along with a general electronics background, students are given comprehensive information and training in digital forensics, data recovery tools and practices through this extensive, hands-on program.
Lean/Six Sigma combines and organizes the tools of Lean and Six Sigma training to create benefits found in both. Six Sigma is an error and defect reduction methodology that translates to big improvement on the bottom line. Lean is all about process speed and efficiency while ensuring quality while reducing costs. For more information, call (440) 366-4301.
For more information, call the Manufacturing Center for Excellence at (440) 366-4005.