ENGLEWOOD — The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) recently was given four KUKA training robots from Fuyao Glass America, Inc. as a donation to the MVCTC RAMTEC Facility.
The KUKA robots are the same as the ones used for production at the Fuyao factory in Moraine and Fuyao Worldwide. The donation will allow MVCTC to offer training for both high school and adult learners on KUKA robots, thus providing a more viable workforce for Fuyao and excellent employment opportunities for MVCTC students, both high school and adult. This is a part of Fuyao’s commitment to the Miami Valley and goal of hiring 1,500 employees this calendar year.
MVCTC began discussions with Fuyao officials in January of 2015. Mike Stanoikovich, a consultant for Fuyao who provided the introduction said: “Fuyao and MVCTC are great for one another, Fuyao brings high-tech manufacturing knowledge and through a cooperative partnership, MVCTC will supply highly skilled employees through both graduating students and the adult education program”.
In September of 2015, Fuyao Glass Chairman, Mr. Cao Dewang, and other representatives of Fuyao, including Junming Wang, Judy Lewkowski, Rebecca Ruan-O’Shaunessey, Dave Burrows, and Tom Thompsen, visited MVCTC to see the new RAMTEC facility and to finalize a partnership with MVCTC Officials.
The donation was made on Tuesday, February 9, when John Gauthier, president of Fuyao Glass America Inc., visited MVCTC. He discussed the importance of the partnership between Fuyao and MVCTC and the commitment to build a quality workforce in the Miami Valley.
“Fuyao has demonstrated from the beginning that they want to be a part of our community,” said MVCTC Superintendent, Dr. Nick Weldy. “Chairman Dewang has once again invested in our community and in our youth. The new training equipment will allow students and Fuyao employees to receive a wide range of instruction that has not been available in our area before now. The MVCTC is proud to call Fuyao a partner and look forward to working with them to improve the regional economic outlook. I would also like to extend my thanks to Mr. Mike Stanoikovich for his efforts in connecting the district and Fuyao and his passion in supporting MVCTC.”
In August of 2014, an Ohio Straight-A Fund Grant was awarded to career center partners to create nine Robotics & Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative (RAMTEC) facilities in Ohio. The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) is the Miami Valley’s regional RAMTEC facility providing training opportunities to a 12 county area (Darke, Preble, Miami, Montgomery, Warren, Clark, Mercer, Auglaize, Champaign, Greene, Clinton, and Shelby Counties).
The proven success of the RAMTEC facility at Tri-Rivers Career Center in Marion, Ohio, is the model for the additional eight facilities. The goal is to strengthen the collaboration between industry, education and government to offer industry certifications for robotics, CNC machining, mechatronics, industrial maintenance, and robotic welding, all at a regional career center. This will provide a means to supply area industry leaders with a viable and highly trained workforce.
It is also a pathway for both high school and adult learners to receive in-demand training in the latest technology and leave with industry certifications, highly technical skills and optimally a new career. As part of the collaborative, the MVCTC received $1.47 million of the grant to provide state-of-the-art equipment and to renovate space at their Hoke Road campus into a RAMTEC center.
For over 40-years, MVCTC has been providing career technical education for 27 partner school districts encompassing five counties in Southwest Ohio. MVCTC is dedicated to providing in-demand workforce training for youth, adults, and organizations in the Miami Valley.
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