MARION’S MANUFACTURING LEGACY LIVES ON
Marion has always been a community that builds things. We create things. We just always have. We created the machines that built the Panama Canal. We helped moved rockets and space shuttles. It’s always been in our DNA.
At Tri-Rivers, we knew there was a skills gap; industry told us. We knew students needed advanced manufacturing training, but they just weren’t getting it. So, what could we do about it? We needed to create a place to fill these gaps; we needed a place like RAMTEC.
RAMTEC addresses the manufacturing skills gap in Ohio. “Preparing high school and adult students for the gray collar jobs of the future with advanced manufacturing and engineering skills,” says Ritch Ramey, instructor and engineering coordinator. “We are changing the lives and futures of the students who have engaged in the program.”
Since opening, the training center has certified more than 350 students in industrial maintenance, engineering technology, advanced machining, robotics and welding careers. RAMTEC’s graduates have been hired by companies such as Honda of America Mfg Inc., RobotWorx, SEMCO Manufacturing Co., Union Tank Car Co. and Whirlpool Corp. RAMTEC has been recognized by the SME Education Foundation, the Ohio Economic Development Association, Governor Kasich, and the Ohio Department of Education for being innovative and cutting edge. More than $20 million dollars in state grants has allowed Tri-Rivers to partner with additional career centers to expand and continue the innovative vision of RAMTEC helping to fill Ohio’s skills gap and hopefully helping to establish Marion as the new Robotics Hub in Ohio.
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