Sinclair College meeting the needs of students and manufacturers
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As a leader in preparing the Dayton region’s manufacturing workforce, Sinclair Community College continues to align its courses and programs to meet the needs of employers while exposing students to high-demand career opportunities. Sinclair currently offers multiple degrees and certificates that provide essential hands-on training in precision and CNC machining, automation and control technology with robotics, industrial maintenance, mechanical engineering technology, and more. Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 global pandemic, Sinclair introduced several new initiatives in 2021 to expand and enhance its manufacturing programs.
Earlier this year, Sinclair ramped up its efforts to collaborate with the Dayton Region Manufacturers Association (DRMA) to prepare hundreds of individuals for in-demand careers in advanced manufacturing. This collaborative effort is supported, in part, by the Scaling Apprenticeship Through Sector-Based Strategies grant and builds off Sinclair’s recent success of becoming one of 10 community colleges in Ohio authorized by ApprenticeOhio to be a provider of Registered Apprenticeships. Through this grant, Sinclair seeks to build Ohio’s manufacturing talent pipeline by increasing the number of students who participate in work-based learning. Quite simply, work-based learning models make it easier for students to see the connections between academic or theoretical coursework and the tasks they are performing on
the job when employed at companies whose core business is closely related to the student’s program of study. Also, as part of this grant, Sinclair will modify curricula to provide more opportunities for students to earn nationally recognized certifications such as those from the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) and NIMS. In fact, in spring of 2021, 10 students earned the NIMS Measurement, Materials & Safety certification.
In June, Sinclair unveiled its newly renovated and expanded smart manufacturing lab at the Courseview Campus Center in Mason. The Sinclair Board of Trustees invested $1.2 million to reinvigorate the automation and smart manufacturing programs in Warren County to strengthen Sinclair’s ability to educate and train more people to meet high-demand workforce needs in sectors throughout southwest Ohio. The renovated space also includes an expanded Workforce Development Lab featuring Sinclair's SkillsTrac Industrial Maintenance Training Program which allows employers to tailor training to fit their specific needs and minimize the time their workers are away from the job. Sinclair’s investment will also enhance the efforts of the Office of Work-Based Learning that works with employers, students, and schools to create a pre-apprentice-to-apprentice pipeline benefiting students and employers. Sinclair’s Office of Work-Based Learning currently has 65 active apprenticeships with over two dozen employers.
The Dayton region counts on Sinclair to provide large numbers of highly skilled individuals to fuel business and non-profit development and assure regional stability throughout dramatic changes in the local, state, national, and international economy.
With one of the lowest tuition rates in Ohio, Sinclair College offers more than 300 degree and certificate programs, including specialized and technical areas of study that are in high demand and lead to great paying jobs.