Scioto County Career and Technical Center (SCCTC) has opened a new facility that is dedicated to training the future professionals in the field of advanced manufacturing.
The facility located at the north campus is the fifth location of its kind in the county and houses a variety of technology based opportunities for area students.
Scioto Tech Superintendent Stan Jennings explained that the 1,200 square foot facility is the home of $1 million work of equipment, which has been provided through grant funding. It is located on a 50,000 square foot campus that also houses two business partners.
Students at the facility can now be trained in the use of computer numerical control (CNC), programmable logic control (PLC) and computer-aided design (CAD). Jennings added that at the back of the operation is a welding center and a RAM tech robotics VEX site.
Jennings added that this new addition to the campus is aimed at simulating and aligning with the advanced technology needs of the area workforce.
“I’m really excited about this site,” he stated.
In celebration of the new addition, Scioto Tech held a dedication ceremony and open house Tuesday. The center was also opened up to local students with an interest in robotics.
“We’ve had a camp in the operation since day one,” Jennings stated.
Scioto Tech put students to work on the new equipment as part of a three-day first-year VEX robotics camp, designed to help students prepare to compete in a robotics competition.
The camp lasted from August 9 through 11 and taught students how to build and program their own robots.
SCCTC Central Office Administrator Josh Shoemaker explained that in addition to working with instructors, students will had the opportunity to learn from VEX professionals from across the state.
Such camps are typically $800; however, this year, the local camp was offered free of charge in hopes of growing the field of robotics and engineering in southern Ohio.
Students participating in the camp were further encouraged to expand their knowledge by taking engineering classes at their local schools. Shoemaker explained that SCCTC has eight engineering programs in local school districts. The camp will also prepare students to take part in VEX robotics teams that will compete at the county and state level throughout the school year.
Last year, SCCTC hosted one state robotics competition bringing in 100 students from approximately 20 schools.
Offering such advanced training advances the skill level of the local workforce, building for the future of advanced manufacturing in Scioto County.
Scioto Tech offers secondary and post-secondary training in a variety of career fields. For more information, visit www.sciototech.org.
Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.