Veterans: Call TRCC for Service Day appointments on Nov. 9

Tri-Rivers Annual Service Day to thank Veterans is Nov. 9
To thank area veterans Tri-Rivers Career Center will be providing complimentary services to Veterans furnished by our students in their career labs Friday, November 9, 2018. “We believe our Veterans have given so much for us, it is important for us to give back,” said Roy Schweinfurth, social studies instructor and one of the event coordinators.“In order to accommodate Veterans attending the event, we ask that they make appointments or reservations in advance for each of the services,” said Schweinfurth.

                                                Pet Grooming is one of many services that Tri-Rivers Career Center students will provide for

                                                   Veterans on Friday, November 9, 2018 as part of their Service Day to thank area Veterans.

The services available to Veterans on Friday, November 9, include:
• By reservation: A Soup & Salad Bar lunch provided by our  Culinary Arts students in CC Bistro serving from 10am-1pm

• By appointment: A Wash, Wax & Vacuum vehicle service provided by our Auto Technology students, vehicle drop off between 8-9am, vehicle pick-up 2:15pm

• By appointment: Manicures, Pedicures, Shampoo and Syles, Scalp Treatments provided by our Cosmetology students, appointments to begin at 9:15 and run through 10:30; and 12:15 and run through 1:30

• By appointment: Face and Body Waxing, Facial Treatment with limited makeup application if requested by our Esthetics students, appointments to begin at 12:15pm and run through 1pm for facials and 1:30 for waxing

• Servicing Lawn Equipment including: lawn mowers, chain saws, weed eaters, snow blowers and power washers by our Ag & Industrial Power students. Drop off from 8-10:30am and pick up from 12-2pm

• By appointment: Pet Grooming provided by our Veterinary Science students, 8:30am drop off. 1pm pick-up. Pet to be groomed must be up to date on vaccinations—distemper, rabies, bordetella.

• Portraits taken by our Digital Media & Entertainment students from 9am- 2pm

• Vital Signs Readings provided by our Healthcare Academy students from 8:30-10am and 12:30-2 pm

• A Computer Safety Inspection performed by our Computer Networking (CNET) students from 8:30-11am & 12:30-2pm

All Veterans in attendance will be entered into a raffle for a prize built by our Construction Trades students.

To schedule appointments for services please contact: Nancy Epley at 740-389-8598.

For pet grooming please contact Veterinary Science Instructor Carrie Heimlich directly at 740-389-8565.

RAMTEC Robotics Summit Addresses Manufacturing Skills Gap

Participants call on educators, manufacturers to continue collaborations

Educators, state officials and manufacturing leaders united Thursday, October 11 to discuss how robotics is transforming manufacturing and what’s needed to keep the momentum going in Ohio.


The inaugural RAMTEC Robotics Summit celebrated the success of the Tri-Rivers Career Center Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative (RAMTEC) now duplicated across the state. Attendees addressed the issue of how to address a looming skills gap and its potential economic repercussions.

“There’s 2.5 million jobs that need to be filled,” said Tri-Rivers Superintendent Chuck Speelman. “We understand the need that’s out there and we continue to push forward.”
Participants said solutions must rely on continued collaboration to produce a workforce ready to fill the gap between numbers of retiring engineers and younger skilled workers ready to take their place.

RAMTEC Ohio at Tri-Rivers opened in 2013 to help address that need. Partners created the program to train students on equipment like FANUC, Yaskawa and Universal robots most widely used in industry settings. The facility trains both high school students and adult learners.

Since opening, the RAMTEC training center has certified students in industrial maintenance, engineering technology, advanced machining, robotics and welding careers. Ohio Department of Education Straight A grants have funded the creation of 22 more RAMTEC facilities throughout the state.


Ohio Department of Education Senior Executive Director of Student Supports and Education Options Steve Gratz said education must continue to blur the lines between college prep and career tech to ensure the state’s future workers have the skills required by employers.

As an example of potential solutions, he referred to the creation of the OhioMeansJobs Readiness Seal that indicates students have the personal strengths, strong work ethic and professional experience needed by businesses. The state is working to make sure industries know what the seal indicates when they see it on high school graduates’ transcripts.

Ryan Burgess, director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, called on businesses to support a culture of continuous learning to ensure workers keep up with ever changing skills.“If you’re not willing to roll up your sleeves as business people and work with education, not much is going to happen,” he said.

Stephen Catt, deputy director of education and workforce development for the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing collaborative, said education and workforce development must build the right ecosystem for developing technology. He warned a failure to act would lead to threats to the United States’ industrial base like a lack of skilled workers, reduced global manufacturing dominance and an overreliance on overseas technology that could even impact national security.

Along with partnerships, the summit involved what must take place to attract students to manufacturing careers. Participants attended learning sessions that let them talk to RAMTEC instructors and students who demonstrated the robots they use in the labs.


Paul Aiello, director of C.E.R.T. sales and operations for FANUC America Corporation, said part of the solution must be to “paint a picture of what opportunities are available in manufacturing” today rather than what’s found in history books

Dan Mantz, CEO, for Robotics Education & Competitive  Foundation shared how the REC Foundation prepares students for #STEM industry and helps build the  future workforce,


“It’s the curriculum that’s the glue that holds it all together,” said Robert Graff, senior sales manager of Yaskawa Motorman’s robotics education workforce development division. He suggested designing curriculum that attracts younger students through means like augmented reality and videos.

 


Honda North America, Inc. is among manufacturers already answering the call as technology workforce development manager Scot McLemore praised RAMTEC, which assists in training Honda workers. He pledged Honda would continue supporting educational pathways that lead students to high-paying jobs.

You can also contact Ritch Ramey at

 

10th Annual Make A Difference Day, Sept. 28

Ten years ago with a special collaboration between Tri-Rivers and United Way of Marion an event where our students give back was created—with an annual Make A Difference Day.

“Tri-Rivers students continually give back to the community through numerous service projects, including today’s special event,” said Jodi Gaietto, assistant principal for Tri-Rivers.

Approximately 275 Tri-Rivers Seniors and staff members will participate in the this annual tradition, today, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018.

Gaietto continued, “This is an excellent opportunity for our community to observe all of the many talented and giving young people who attend Tri-Rivers. The students’ goal is to make an immediate and positive impact in the area.”

Tri-Rivers gives special thanks to the United Way Team for all of their coordination in making this event happen.

Tri-Rivers students and staff volunteer services will include:
• Ag & Industrial Power will be at the Farmers Coop in Green Camp cleaning and painting
• Advanced Machining will be at the Huber Machining Museum on the Marion County Fairgrounds—moving tractors and doing general cleaning
• Auto Technologies will be here in their lab servicing cars for Turning Point clients, 9am-1pm
• Criminal Justice will be downtown with Lt. Gruber doing beautification projects
• CNET will be at United Way helping them with campaign work and beautification
• Cosmetology will be hold a spa day for Turning Point clients in their lab at Tri-Rivers
• Culinary Arts will be at the Salvation Army in Downtown Marion preparing meals in the soup kitchen
• Construction Trades Academy wlll be at Children Services working on projects
• Digital Media & Entertainment will be creating a commercial for downtown
• Engineering Tech students will be at the Center Street Health Clinic in downtown working on outdoor projects and other items
• Health Careers Academy will be at Kingston working with residents there
• Health Careers Academy will also be at Primrose
• Vet Science will be at Providence Therapy Horse Farm in Morral cleaning stalls and doing barn work
• Welding will be at the Women’s Club Home doing outside work and inside projects.

AIP students work on Fly-In Peddle plane

The Wings and Wheels Fly In/Drive In will be held September 15 and 16 at the Marion Airport, 1530 Pole Lane Road.  On Saturday, the 15th, there will be a salute to  POWs and MIAs at 9am.

Tri-Rivers’ Ag & Industrial Power program are constructing a Pedal Plane—a P-40 Tomahawk‚ that will be part of the Pedal Plane Races Saturday and Sunday! Stop by and see it!

Lots going on at the Fly-In: food trucks, biplane rides, helicopter rides, NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow, NASA Astronauts on Saturday, C-47 rides, U.S. Army’s EXTREME truck both days. FREE Admission! FREE parking! More details at http://wingswheelsmarion.org/

 

Dylan Clark and Colby Millisor of Ag & Industrial Power work on a pedal plane that will be part of the Wings & Wheels Popcorn Festival entry and will be at the Fly-In at the Airport Sept. 15 and 16.

 

RAMTEC, Yaskawa Motoman partnership to put Ohio at forefront of manufacturing industry


“The vision we have had all along is to develop the Workforce of the 21st Century,” said Ritch Ramey, RAMTEC coordinator for Tri-Rivers Career Center. “Our goal is to create a Silicon Valley of Robotics here in Central Ohio.”

Ramey’s vision is becoming a reality as RAMTEC (Robotics & Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative) and Yaskawa Motoman announced the formation of a new business partnership—The Ohio Manufacturing Workforce Partnership—at a press conference held Tuesday in Miamisburg at the robotics company’s facility.

“This is a critical step in Ohio’s economic future because it will make manufacturing part of our economy long into the future,” said Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, who was at the event. “Five years from now you’re going to wonder what decisions are businesses going to make when they locate their manufacturing facilities. The key issue for businesses is going to be talent.”

Husted said, “We are going to get behind RAMTEC and we are going to get behind these kinds of programs to make Ohio the most talented state in the Midwest. The most business friendly state in the Midwest and the state where people say this is where the future of manufacturing is in the world.”

“We emphasize to our students that many manufacturing jobs are high-tech, exciting careers,” said Chuck Speelman, Tri-Rivers Superintendent. “Robots are doing the repetitive, dangerous and dirty jobs. Students quickly learn that by exploiting the Robotics & Automation technology, a safe, productive environment is created.”

It is estimated that 87,000 new robotic jobs will need to be filled in the U.S. over the next decade. The new partnership will expand RAMTEC’s curriculum to provide advanced robotic training and certifications that will be available to students in Central Ohio and around the state.

“I think something that we excel at in Marion is the partnership between the private sector and education and the public sector…we sort of cracked the code on how do you get manufacturers and the private sector together with educational institutions to make sure everyone is speaking the same language, said Gus Comstock, director of Marion CANDO!.

“RAMTEC is the mother ship of Robotics Education in the State of Ohio and probably one of the best in the nation. It doesn’t get any better for a company that needs people with robotics training. RAMTEC offers them an opportunity to be best in class and to find the best jobs in the nation and the world,” added Comstock.

“When you look at what is happening around the country, there are various programs that are out there being built to replicate what RAMTEC has already done. We look at RAMTEC as really ground zero for industrial education for robotics,” said Bob Graff, senior sales manager of Robotics /Education Workforce Development at Yaskawa Motoman.

Wesley Stillions, a recent graduate of Tri-Rivers RAMTEC Engineering Technology program, has already helped to build a robotic workcell for Whirlpool. Stillions plans to enlist in the military first, but hopes to get a robotics job at Honda when he returns. “It makes me feel very proud to have worked on a robot workcell for Whirlpool and especially proud to be from Marion.”

RAMTEC’s programs help students like Stillions to get high paying jobs at Ohio companies right out of high school.

“Data reveals that within ten years nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will sit empty, with the skills gap being responsible for 2 million of those jobs going unfilled,” said Ramey. “Forming mutually-beneficial relationships with manufacturers through the Ohio Manufacturing Workforce Partnership will create the foundation needed to move Ohio’s workforce forward.”

RAMTEC’s core mission to partner with real-world manufacturing facilities to help identify and supply the needs of the manufacturing industry is fueling their involvement in the partnerships with Yaskawa Motoman and companies like Whirlpool. The entire project development funding is earmarked for $400,000 to provide a comprehensive training and application development model that will reach thousands of incumbent workers and students statewide.

“Our workforce-driven training and research partnership with RAMTEC is a solid step to providing students with work-based learning opportunities in the field of robotics,” said Doug Burnside, Yaskawa Motoman’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “The best-in-class instruction and certification programs provided through our Yaskawa Academy will also help to enhance RAMTEC’s vision of providing proficient training and
curriculum in 21st century automation and robotics.”

“The game changer is really about how RAMTEC is going about building a model that is sustainable—that supports what industry is looking for. It really is the biggest value that RAMTEC has,” said Graff.

 

Top Photo:
Ritch Ramey, Tri-Rivers RAMTEC Coodinator addressing group at press conference announcing RAMTEC and Yaskawa Motoman partnership. Pictured with Ramey, Bob Graff, Yaskawa Motoman, Rob Brundrett, Ohio Manufacturers Association and Secretary of State Jon Husted.

Inset Photo, l-r: Ritch Ramey, Tri-Rivers Career Center RAMTEC Coordinator; Ohio Secretary of  State Jon Husted and Bob Graff, Senior Sales Manager of Robotics/Education Workforce Development at Yaskawa Motoman.

 

History of RAMTEC
RAMTEC Ohio opened its doors in Marion in 2013. In June of 2014 eight additional RAMTEC sites were funded through an Ohio Department of Education $14,995,000 Straight A Grant. Then in November 2015 an additional $8 million Straight A Grant funded 14 more RAMTEC Ohio sites. Today, with the site at Tri-Rivers leading the way, 23 RAMTECs are located in Ohio.

“Unique to RAMTEC is that where most schools tend to direct training to high school students, at RAMTEC we are directing training to not only high school students, but adults as well, including college students and incumbent workers, said Mark Edington, RAMTEC instructor.

Since opening, the training center at Tri-Rivers has certified more than 400 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.

Edington said in the last class of high school students at Tri-Rivers RAMTEC, 19 of the 20 were employed even before they graduated. “The Adult students going through the new Tri-Rivers RAMTEC Robotics Technician Training are equally successful in being hired at companies like Jefferson Industries.”

RAMTEC has been recognized by: the SME Education Foundation, the Ohio Economic Development Association 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. To learn more at RAMTEC visit ramtecohio.com

Tri-Rivers RAMTEC addresses manufacturing skills gap

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 move rockets and space shuttles. It’s always been in our DNA.

At Tri-Rivers Career Center, 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 (Robotics & Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative).

“Our answer to the manufacturing skills gap in Ohio is RAMTEC,” said Ramey, RAMTEC Coordinator and Engineering Instructor at Tri-Rivers Career Center. “Tri-Rivers leads the nation on creating a state of the art training center for the gray collar jobs of the future with advanced manufacturing and engineering skills. We are building a Robotic Technician Pipeline.”

Ramey said, “Data shows over the next decade nearly three and a half million manufacturing jobs will be needed to be filled and the skills gap is expected to result in 2 million of those jobs going unfilled.”

Ramey said RAMTEC works with numerous Robotics, Programmable Logic Control and Welding companies to provide multiple advanced manufacturing and robotics certifications all under on roof.

“Tri-Rivers RAMTEC is set up with the most sophisticated up-to-date equipment that is out in the market today with over 38 robots, including FANUC, Yaskawa and Universal—the robots most widely used out in industry settings,” said Mark Edington, RAMTEC Instructor.

“When you look at what is happening around the country, there are various programs that are out there being built to replicate what RAMTEC has already done. We look at RAMTEC as really ground zero for industrial education for robotics,” said Bob Graff, senior sales manager of Robotics /Education Workforce Development at Yaskawa Motoman.

“RAMTEC is a state of the art facility modeled very similar to what we have at our Honda Technical Training Lab, said Drew Mosley, technical training instructor for Honda of America and a graduate of RAMTEC. “They are trying to give students a taste of what they will see on the (manufacturing) floor. They are giving them those tools prior to even going to college. I attribute a lot of my success to Tri-Rivers and the amount of work they put into building the program to what it is now.”

“They are teaching students the same exact skills they will use in the workforce It’s not a situation where there is a correlation or a parallel. It is literally what they are doing in the class is what they will be doing in the manufacturing environment,” Daryl Young, controls and automation manager for Whirlpool-Marion Division.

“They really took charge of identifying the types of curriculum and types of equipment that would prepare those students well immediately for needs that we have within our manufacturing operations,” said Scot McLemore of Honda of America. “Tri-Rivers through their RAMTEC Center has really focused on meeting our needs as an employer with our automation and manufacturing operations and then really working closely with us in terms of identifying pathways that lead to those positions that we have.”

Gus Comstock, the director of CANDO! Marion, said “I think something that we excel at in Marion is the partnership between the private sector and education and the public sector…we sort of cracked the code on how do you get manufacturers and the private sector together with educational institutions to make sure everyone is speaking the same language. RAMTEC is the mother ship of Robotics Education in the State of Ohio and probably one of the best in the nation. It doesn’t get any better for a company that needs people with robotics training.”

“The game changer is really about how RAMTEC is going about building a model that is sustainable—that supports what industry is looking for. It really is the biggest value that RAMTEC has,” said Graff.

“RAMTEC is going to keep our jobs here as apposed to moving to another country or another location,” said Annette Walton, Ohio Means Jobs, Marion.

RAMTEC Ohio opened its doors in Marion in 2013. In June of 2014 eight additional RAMTEC sites were funded through an Ohio Department of Education $14,995,000 Straight A Grant. Then in November 2015 an additional $8 million Straight A Grant funded 14 more RAMTEC Ohio sites. Today, with the site at Tri-Rivers leading the way, 23 RAMTECs are located in Ohio.

“Unique to RAMTEC is that where most schools tend to direct training to high school students, at RAMTEC we are directing training to not only high school students, but adults as well, including college students and incumbent workers, said Edington.

“RAMTEC is a state of the art facility modeled very similar to what we have at our Honda Technical Training Lab, said Drew Mosley, technical training instructor for Honda of America and a graduate of RAMTEC. “They are trying to give students a taste of what they will see on the (manufacturing) floor. They are giving them those tools prior to even going to college. I attribute a lot of my success to Tri-Rivers and the amount of work they put into building the program to what it is now.”

Since opening, the training center at Tri-Rivers 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.

Edington said in the last class of high school students at Tri-Rivers RAMTEC, 19 of the 20 were employed even before they graduated. “The Adult students going through the new Tri-Rivers RAMTEC Robotics Technician Training are equally successful in being hired at companies like Jefferson Industries.”

RAMTEC has been recognized by the SME Education Foundation, the Ohio Economic Development Association 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. To learn more at RAMTEC visit ramtecohio.com

FREE* RAMTEC Robotics Technician Training—Learn more June 27th

Explore Tri-Rivers RAMTEC Robotic Technician Training (RRTT) during the Hiring and Training Fair, Wednesday, June 27, 2pm to 6pm at RAMTEC. With funding through JobsOhio and Ohio Means Jobs, qualifying individuals selected will receive this valuable customized training FREE*. The value of the certifications is approximately $6,995. Completers of the training are guaranteed a job interview, according to Ritch Ramey, coordinator for RAMTEC.

*To be selected for the next RRTT three-week customized skills training class, July 23-August 10, 2018, individuals must first pass a background check, drug screening and assessment tests. They can learn more details at the upcoming Hiring & Training Fair June 27. RRTT Brochure

Those selected for the customized training will earn high-demand industry certifications, including:

• FANUC Robotic HTOP Robotic Training—40 hours in class training

• Yaskawa/Motoman Robotic Training—40 hours in class training

• Additional Training: Robotic Preventative Maintenance, Mechanical Blue Print Reading, Safety-OSHA 10, Technical Math Review and Essential Softskills

Click here to read story on recent graduations from the pilot program—since the news release they have been hired or promoted.

Contact Holly at RAMTEC if you have questions—740-389-8590 or

Great Start 2018 is Thursday, June 7

Tri-Rivers’ Great Start 2018 is set for Thursday, June 7, 2018 between 9am and 6:30pm in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) gym. This is an important event where students can get measured and order their uniforms, complete important forms, and meet with their career tech instructor (times must be prearranged to see instructor).

Students should stop at the Registration Table first in the MPR. More details are in packets that were mailed out to students.

Recognition 2018 celebrates AMAZING Students

PRINCIPAL’S AWARD FOR CAREER-TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE RECIPIENTS
ADVANCED MACHINING – BRANDON MILLER-SHAW
• AG & INDUSTRIAL POWER – CASSIE CIMINO
• AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY – JUSTIN BULLION
• COMPUTER NETWORKING ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY- BAILEY MYERS
• CONSTRUCTION TRADES ACADEMY – ZACHARY VOGT
• COSMETOLOGY – LYNN WEESE
• CRIMINAL JUSTICE—HANNAH LEE
• ESTHETICS – CORRINE STARKS
• CULINARY ARTS – CODY NEWSOME
• DIGITAL MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT –JESSE RECTENWALD
• ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES – SKYLER THOMPSON & WESLEY STILLIONS
• HEALTH CAREERS ACADEMY – MADISON ARTHUR
• VETERINARY SCIENCE – RACHEL SCHWARTZ
• WELDING – BILLY BECK


OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT AWARD RECIPIENTS
• English – Madison Arthur
• Math – Brandon Roberts
• Science – Joelle Adams
• Social Studies – Madison Arthur

Class of 2018 Seniors
* – National Technical Honor Society † – Academic Award of Excellence P – Perfect Attendance # – Top Technical Tradesman

ADVANCED MACHINING
RYAN GWINNER
JON CRABTREE
ISAAC GEORGE
MICHAEL HONAKER*†#
BRANDON MILLER-SHAW
ETHAN SWARTZ
BRENDON THOMAS’
AG & INDUSTRIAL
POWER TECHNOLOGY
KYLE ACKERMAN
SPINCER BOWMAN
CASSIE CIMINO
JACOB COLBY
ANTHONY DE LA CRUZ
AARON FETTERS
DUSTIN FRAIZER #
ZOE FRANKLIN
DYLAN HOLCOMB
CLIFFORD ISHLER
JACOB MYERS

AG & INDUSTRIAL POWER TECHNOLOGY
KYLE ACKERMAN
SPINCER BOWMAN
CASSIE CIMINO
JACOB COLBY
ANTHONY DE LA CRUZ
AARON FETTERS
DUSTIN FRAIZER #
ZOE FRANKLIN
DYLAN HOLCOMB
CLIFFORD ISHLER
JACOB MYERS

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY
BRADY LESTER
JUSTIN BULLION #
TIMOTHY GEORGE
AUSTIN MCMANUS
ZACHARY MIDDLESWORTH
BRENNAN RASEY
DEVON WOODRUM

COMPUTER NETWORKING ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY
AARON IRVINE
SHELLY LOVSEY P#
BAILEY MYERS
CYRUS WILLIAMS
CARTER ZIMMERMAN

COSMETOLOGY
SYANN BAER
BRITTANY BRODMAN
JESSICA CLINK*
CALYSTA DILDINE
CAITLYN HAMMOND
KAITLYN MARKEY
ELYSSA SAYRE
LINDSEY WARD
LYNN WEESE

ESTHETICS
DREAMA ADAMS
KATHLEEN BRAMMER
MADISON GIBSON*#
CALLIE MARSH*
DEJA PIERRE
RACHEL YOUNG

COSMETOLOGY/ESTHETICS DUAL PROGRAM
HANNA MOORE*
TAYLOR ROSE*#
CORRINE STARKS*

CONSTRUCTION TRADES ACADEMY
ZACHARY VOGT#

CRIMINAL JUSTICE
JAYSONA BACHELDER
NICHOLAS BALES
JEFFREY BRADY
AMBER CONCHEL
WILLIAM CONNER
JACOB HARTER
COURTNEY HINZE
KARSON HOLLEY
ROBERT HORNER
KYLEE HOWARD
HANNAH LEE*†
CAITLYN LEE ROSCH*
TRACY LILLY
KYLE MARKS
KYLE MARSHALL
MEAH MCGARY
MAX MOLLENCOPF
OLIVIA PARSONS
NATHEN RAMEY*#

CULINARY ARTS
PAIGE CRAMER
ZACHARY DAVIE
BROOKLYN LEIGHTY*#
PATRICK NEWSOM
CODY NEWSOME
MEGAN ROGERS

DIGITAL MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT
NATHAN BAER
ANTHONY BELTZ
STACY CHRISTIAN
SYDNEY COOK
HAYDEN DEMPSEY
KENDRA DITMARS
GARRETT FISHER
EMILY HICKS*
VICKI INSKEEP
ISAAC JONES
LINDSEY KIBLER
KATIE KLINE
MEREDITH KLINE
ASHLEY NOBLET
CRAIG PERRY
TRUVAUN PLASKETT
BROOKE PRICE
JESSE RECTENWALD#
TRAVIS SHAW
FAITH STRAUCH
JASMINE WHITE P
KENDRA WILEY

ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES
JORDAN BROWN
JORDAN BUSH
RYAN CLARK
BILLY DAVENPORT
ARIK HAINES
HALLIE HALL-BLASHINSKY
NATHAN HICKMAN
WILLIAM HOLT*
JOHN MCGILL
BREANNA NAPPER*†
BRIANNA PRITCHARD
BRANDON ROBERTS*
EVAN SNIDER
COLE STALLINGS#
WESLEY STILLIONS
JOHN THACKER II
OWEN THACKER#
SKYLER THOMPSON*
JAYLIN TYLER

HEALTH CAREERS ACADEMY
JOELLE ADAMS#
MADISON ARTHUR
ANGEL BROWN
ALEXANDRIA BURTCH
SKYLER DEASCENTIS
CHEYENNE DUNN
HANNAH FINICAL
SIERRA FLORIDIA
KENNETH GEARHART
MIRANDA GOLDEN
ASHTON GREEN
KARISSA HARMON
WHITNEY LEVINGS
ALLYSON MOORE*
MEGAN PRESTON
KENDAL STOVER
COURTNEY WILLIAMS

VETERINARY SCIENCE
MADISON ACKER*#
MORGAN BOLANDER
LILLIAN HALL
KARA LINDENBERGER
KAYLEE MAYLE*
SHAWN PITCHFORD
LAETTA RANDOLPH
RACHEL SCHWARTZ*
SHASTA SNARE*
HAYLEY STIVERSON*
AUTUMN WELLS
VANESSA WILLIAMSON

WELDING
BILLY BECK
CARSON BOWLING
CONNOR BRUMFIELD#
DALE CLOSE
TYLER COOPER
ASHLEY DASO
QUINTON DAVIS
CALVIN FENTON
WESLEY JACKSON#
CARSON JAMES
DORIAN JAMES
SAMUEL LEE
STASIA MANLEY
HAYDEN ROSEBROUGH
CALEB SPEAKMAN
CURTISS TURNER
JOSEPH WHALEN

Tri-Rivers’ RAMTEC Coordinator Presents in Washington DC

Tri-Rivers RAMTEC Coordinator Ritch Ramey presents to the U.S. Congressional Robotics Caucus Advisory Committee in Washington, DC.

 

Tri-Rivers Career Center’s RAMTEC Coordinator/Engineering Technologies Instructor Ritch Ramey was part of a panel that presented Next Generation Robotics and the Future of Work to the Congressional Robotics Caucus Advisory Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington DC on April 18.

Ramey said, “The international race to lead the robotics revolution won’t be won in research labs alone, but will depend on effective workforce development programs and strategies. At Tri-Rivers RAMTEC we are proud to be leading the way in providing training locally and working towards ensuring that our training model is replicated to not only meet our district’s needs, but to provide solutions to Ohio’s and the Nation’s manufacturing skills gap.”

Opening remarks were given by Robotics Caucus Co-Chairs, Congressman Mike Doyle and Congressman Rob Woodall. The panel’s moderator was Dr. Ramayya Krishnan, Dean, Heinz College of Information Management and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University. The Heinz College is home to the Block Center for Technology and Society.

Along with Ramey, the panel included: Mark Lewandowski, Procter & Gamble; Jeff Burnstein, President, Robotic Industries Association; Jim H. Key, Vice President, USW Local Union 550, Paducah, KY, President of USW Atomic Energy Workers Council, United Steelworkers; and Seth Hutchinson, Professor, KUKA Chair for Robotics, Georgia Tech Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines.

Ramey presented on the RAMTEC Model. “It was critical to our economy that we started developing K-12 programming, college credits and industrial certifications as well as creating a replicable public and private industry program to overcome our national 2.5 million technician shortage or Manufacturing Gap,” said Ramey. “RAMTEC has gained national attention. We recognized there was a critical need in Central Ohio for technicians and hands-on training and at RAMTEC developed partnerships with national leaders in manufacturing equipment to credential students and instructors.”

Ramey said, “We currently have 11 of our 19 high school Seniors making great wages building robotics work cells half a day in various robotics and automation facilities in Central Ohio while still in school. They also each earned more than $8,000 worth of industrial certifications as well as up to 15 college credit hours from Marion Technical College in their Engineering Technology programs. This sets them up for success.”

Ramey shared with the Robotics Caucus some of the history of how RAMTEC was developed. He explained that in 2003, three area teachers— Ramey from Tri-Rivers and Ed Goodwin and Tad Douce from River Valley— decided to bring the National Robotics Challenge (NRC) contest to this area. “This contest has grown to more than 400 teams and 1300 participants in grades 4-16,” shared Ramey.

He emphasized that this area has become one of leaders in robotics and automation training in the nation. However, he also said, “That even with our Tri-Rivers RAMTEC’s full high school program, adult training, incumbent worker training and customized training, we alone cannot fill the immediate need of Ohio. It will take thousands of schools training students in STEM, Robotics, coding and automation to fill the shortage of the skilled workers we need. A student’s exposure to these high technologies and high-paying careers should not be based on where they live. These great opportunities need to be available to all students K to Gray.”

“A new generation of robotics technologies are entering the U.S. economy. From shop floors to warehouses, robots are becoming common across a myriad of sectors—from transportation to retail, to hospitals, banks, and other services,” said Ramey.

Unlike earlier periods of automation, these autonomous systems technologies are increasingly designed to augment and collaborate with human workers, he told the committee members. Ramey said, “Studies of the manufacturing sector even indicate that as collaborative robotics are deployed in manufacturing environments, the number of new jobs increases as greater levels of robots are deployed. While the creation of new jobs is promising, it is also clear that new robotics technologies will have significant impact on the fundamental nature of work performed and that we must rise to meet the challenges.”

“This briefing brought together robotics industry, labor, workforce, technology research and public policy leaders to discuss what steps should be taken to ensure that the next generation robotics also means broader economic opportunity nation-wide,” said Ramey. “I made multiple contacts that will assist us in moving forward.”

Upon the completion of the presentation about 75 members of the committee and audience member had a 30 minute questions and answers session. Ramey said, “Most of the questions centered around RAMTEC and how can we as a nation need to develop more programs like RAMTEC. “It made me feel proud to hear the interest in our programs. It was also very rewarding to be able to represent our community, the great state of Ohio and all our great public and private industrial partners on the panel. For me, it has really been a great experience to be a part of the creation and on-going development of RAMTEC.