State grant provides Owens with $100,000 for advanced manufacturing, robotics equipment


The Ohio Department of Higher Education has awarded Owens Community College more than $100,000 for high-tech equipment to benefit students in the advanced manufacturing and robotics programs on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses.

The state grant totals $101,012 and will be utilized to purchase three portable video-conference systems, a process control learning system and FANUC iRVision hardware and software.

Owens offers FANUC certification at the $10 million Dana Center for advanced manufacturing training on the Toledo-area campus. Students in the Regional Advanced Manufacturing Partnership also learn robotics as part of their apprenticeship on the Findlay-area campus.

“The local industry will benefit from the state-of-the-art equipment provided by the Ohio Department of Higher Education grant,” said Daniel Kelley, Owens dean in the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. “Equipment will support experiential learning and hands-on experience to best prepare students to meet the needs of Industry 4.0 and the highly-technical advanced manufacturing jobs available today and in the future.

“The degree and certificate programs we offer provide students with broad education and hands-on experience required by industry for the 21st Century workplace,” he added.

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