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LT. Governor Helps CVCC Break Ground on RAMTEC Expansion
The official ceremony began with a welcome from CVCC Superintendent, Dr. Celena Roebuck, and was followed by opening remarks from CVCC Board President Kathleen Mack. Following the brief comments the Board members, administrators, and Lt. Governor took to the shovels to move a symbolic scoop of dirt where the 3200 sq. ft. addition to CVCC manufacturing lab and instructional space will be built.


Immediately following the ceremony, the guests proceeded RAMTEC Reveal Luncheonto the school commons, where they were joined by another 100 guests and representatives from the area Chambers of Commerce for a luncheon and joint Chamber networking event. Lt. Governor Taylor kicked off the luncheon, which was prepared and served by students in the CVCC Culinary Arts program, with a keynote address to the audience. Ms. Taylor shared with the audience that the mission of career technical education in general, and the RAMTEC center specifically, is in line with the administration's goal of getting more Ohioans into desirable jobs, and more work is needed to dispel the perception that a bachelor's degree is the only path to career success.

Following the keynote address, attendees watched a brief video highlighting the RAMTEC expansion. The video was produced by Catrell Simpson, a Nordonia Hills student enrolled in CVCC's Media Technology program. As a major tenet of the grant is to partner with the industry leaders in automated manufacturing, several corporate representatives were on hand to share in the excitement. Three of the individuals took a few moments to share their thoughts on this unique industry-education partnership. Glen Goldney, Global Business Manager for Allen-Bradley/Rockwell Automation, Bogdan Kozul, Group Manager for Parker Hannifin Corporation, and Paul Aiello, Director of Sales CERT Operations, FANUC, each addressed the audience.

The Career Center is part of a $15 million RAMTEC (Robotic & Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative) Straight A grant recipient. The $1.5 million that CVCC received as its portion is being combined with local funds to build a world-class training facility in the arena of advanced manufacturing. The majority of the funds will go toward the purchase of needed equipment for training. The RAMTEC initiative specifically looks to train and certify individuals in numerous areas of manufacturing such as FANUC and Haas CNC, FANUC and Motoman Robotics, pneumatics, and mechatronics.

Renovations to the existing facility should be completed in time to welcome back high school students in the fall and a January 2016 grand opening is planned for the new addition. CVCC will maintain limited course offering for adult students throughout the construction process.
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