Posted July 22, 2021
LCCC among three Ohio Community Colleges partnering with ARCTOS Technology Solutions to advance the Regional Fabrication & Certification Training Labs program, a congressional initiative to grow Industry 4.0 manufacturing knowledge and skills.
Lorain County Community College (LCCC) announced today its partnership with global aerospace and defense contractor ARCTOS Technology Solutions to develop smart manufacturing technologies and training programs for students, educators and employers. LCCC is one of three Ohio community colleges working with ARCTOS on this project, funded through the Air Force Research Lab. The project builds on existing smart manufacturing initiatives led by LCCC in collaboration with industry, economic and workforce development leaders.
The partnership will expand LCCC’s associate degree and certificate programs that focus on Automation and Robotics and Industry 4.0 technologies. Industry 4.0 is the fourth revolution of manufacturing, utilizing smart technology to allow manufacturing systems to communicate with one another. While the benefits of smart technologies are widely recognized in the industry, there remains a significant labor skills gap which has prevented manufacturers from adopting this approach.
“In order for our local companies to keep pace with the future of manufacturing and maintain global competitiveness, they will need employees who are skilled and experienced in robotics, smart manufacturing processes, and Industry 4.0 technologies,” said Lorain County Community College President Marcia J. Ballinger, Ph.D. “This collaboration provides us with unique resources, curricula and training programs that will help close this skills gap at an accelerated pace – benefitting not only our local employers, but our local residents who will be better prepared to pursue these high-wage, high-demand careers.”
LCCC plans to add two state-of-the-art Industry 4.0 classrooms to train students, educators and adult workers. The classrooms will enable accelerated workforce training in partnership with local industry, as well as enhanced access to equipment and curriculum for local high schools and career centers. Additionally, LCCC will create a “Robotics Lending Library” to bring equipment directly to partner schools.
Students enrolled in the college’s programs will gain hands-on experience on the most up to date, industry validated equipment and work on practical, employer-driven projects throughout their degree. ARCTOS will provide a portion of these projects, which will task students to solve digital manufacturing problems using precision manufacturing equipment. Additionally, participants will gain exposure to the range of career opportunities available as they work with disruptive technologies for additive manufacturing, photonics, trusted systems, autonomy, robotics, and big data analytics.
“It is critical to train and prepare the workforce for the future of the manufacturing industry, which is highly focused on automation and related smart technologies,” said Joe Sciabica, ARCTOS chief technology officer. “We are thrilled to partner with Lorain County Community College to enhance industry 4.0 skills training and establish Ohio as a workforce leader within these emerging technologies.”
For nearly six decades, LCCC has helped the workforce and industry adapt to new challenges. LCCC’s mission as a convener of innovation, industry and workforce talent makes the college an ideal location for this new partnership with ARCTOS, Ballinger said.
“Delivering work-ready talent has become even more critical as the manufacturing industry experiences an unprecedented rate of change,” Ballinger said. “As Northeast Ohio navigates these changes, LCCC will continue to lead the way through industry connections, creating a pipeline of talented workers prepared to take on the challenges of tomorrow.”
Established in 1963, Lorain County Community College is the first community college in Ohio with a permanent campus. For nearly six decades, LCCC has served the diverse needs of the greater Lorain County region by providing affordable access to higher education and now serves approximately 13,000 students each year. The institution recently adopted a new strategic plan, Vision 2025: 10,000 Degrees of Impact, which declares a bold goal of 10,000 individuals earning an LCCC degree or credential by the year 2025. Vision 2025 intends to impact individuals and families as well as the economy and community through five focus areas – student, success, future, work and community while maintaining a constant focus on equity.
ARCTOS Technology Solutions is the Dayton-Ohio-based business unit of ARCTOS, LLC (ARCTOS) with Corporate Headquarters in Tampa, Florida. ARCTOS is a global aviation services and technology solutions provider to the defense, aerospace, and intelligence markets. In service to the U.S. Armed Forces and foreign allies, we deliver full lifecycle system support from R&D to sustainment—applying enabling technologies such as digital engineering, data analytics, cyber operations, modeling and simulation, and model-based systems engineering.
For more information about ARCTOS Technology Solutions, visit arctos-us.com.