Opening of the AWT transformation training center

The Alliance for Working Together (AWT) Foundation celebrated its Making Day with a groundbreaking ceremony for the new AWT Transformation Center in Mentor, Ohio.

The center will provide training and pathways for the skilled manufacturing workforce of northeast Ohio.

The AWT Foundation partnered with area manufacturing companies and county, state and federal legislators to create the facility.

“The opening of AWT’s Workforce Transformation Center recognizes years of hard work and planning by AWT, state, county and local authorities. These efforts have resulted in one of the most modern facilities in Ohio for teaching the skills necessary for modern manufacturing. This investment will ensure that Lake County continues to be a hub of American manufacturing for generations to come. said state representative Jamie Callender.

The facility will provide science, technology, engineering and math Programming (STEM)-career for K-12 students, pre-apprenticeships for high school juniors and seniors, and apprenticeships for those who are unemployed or tenured workers.

State Senator Jerry Cirino said, “The AWT Workforce Transformation Center will serve our region as a resource for manufacturing training; enhance the skills of our workforce through apprenticeships and inspire future innovators by interact with K-12 students.”

The AWT Foundation is on track to receive up to $930,000 over the next three years as part of the $23.5 million award from the Ohio Manufacturers Association (OMA) American Rescue Plan Act Good Jobs Challenge program of the Economic Development Administration. Ohio State’s biennial capital bill included $500,000 for the center.

“We at Mentor Schools are thrilled to have our advanced manufacturing program moving to its new home in the heart of Ohio State’s sixth largest manufacturing center located along Tyler Boulevard,” explained the director of business partnerships and vocational technical education coordinator. Joe Glavan.

The approximately 12,600 feet2 The AWT Foundation’s training center and operations hub at 8980 Tyler Blvd. provides a place where Northeast Ohio makers can join to share ideas, best practices, and promote manufacturing careers. rewarding manufacturing.

During a tour of the facility, AWT executive director Teresa Simons told GIE Media that equipment currently includes a Mitutoyo CMM and comparator, half a dozen manual Clausing milling machines, half a dozen Clausing manual lathes, a dozen Haas CNC programming simulators and four Okuma verticals. machining centres, one of which is equipped with a robotized work cell.

“We try to make sure that we expose apprentices or high school students who are pre-apprentices to the machines that they are going to use in their work. It makes a big difference,” Simons said.

She added that the installation lets the community know that they too can be part of the making. Additionally, the technology-connected classroom space is adaptable and available for groups for meetings.

Construction of the AWT Transformation Training Center is made possible through generous donations from individuals, foundations, and corporations, in addition to state and federal funding.

The AWT Foundation recognizes the following individuals, organizations, companies and foundations:

Judith A. & Roger J. Sustar
Fredon Corp.
The Catherine L. and Edward A. Lozick Foundation
STERIS Corp.
Universal metal products
Roll-Kraft
Component Repair Technologies (CRT)
The Wheeler Foundation
From Nora Tech
Ordnance Technology Service Inc.
Rod and Joan Howel
Tool and matrix machine
Habco Tool & Development Corp.
KeyBank Foundation
MUM Industries
The Murch Foundation
NTMA Foundation
Products Buyers
Lincoln Electric Foundation
Parker Hannifin Foundation
Spence Technologies
McKeever Foundation
Torque transmission
Cleveland Foundation Lake & Geauga Fund
Timeshare Human Resources Management Inc.
National Christian Foundation of Wisconsin (ORBIS)
Stratus Corp.
Wm. Sopko & Sons Co.
Eaton Corp.
Ohio Ordnance Works Inc.
Ohio State Capital Bill 2020 and 2022
U.S. Department of Commerce EDA Good Jobs Challenge
Cleveland Foundation
Euclidean heat treatment
Fischer specialist tools
MECC
Ohio Department of Education Innovative Workforce Incentive Program
Lake Shore Compact and Mentoring Public Schools
Griffin Technology Group
CTM – Communication Technology Management
The Malish Corp.
Clark Oil & Chemicals
Anonymous and two private foundations

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