MCCTC Joins America Makes Additive Manufacturing Education Network

CANFIELD, Ohio – The Valley STEM Academy and the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center are among the participants in America Makes’ new Ohio Secondary Education Additive Manufacturing Training Network.

The network will provide education and training of additive manufacturing technologies to high school students and their teachers. Initially, 10 high schools statewide are participating in the network.

The program was created in collaboration with the Ohio Development Services Agency and is funded through the 2020-21 year by the state’s operating budget. 

“There’s no question that our state and our nation are facing a significant skilled labor shortage and misalignment of skills and competencies,” said Josh Cramer, America Makes’ workforce development director, in a statement. “We need to take action now with K-12 students, with immediate emphasis on secondary education students and empowering their educators to help  them increase students’ awareness of AM technologies and advanced manufacturing  careers.” 

Each school in the network will receive additive manufacturing technology packages of six Dremel DigiLab 3D Printer bundles with materials and supplies. 

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.