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Center Will Develop a Skilled Workforce

GREENVILLE – Closing the skills gap and ensuring Darke County’s manufacturers have a qualified workforce has been discussed, contemplated and discussed a few more times. For some it has been a five year journey while others jumped on board midway through the most recent effort, but all have played an important role in making sure the Darke County Advanced Manufacturing Center at the Greenville Technology Center came to fruition. Local business, manufacturing and community leaders joined with government and school officials to celebrate the opening on Nov. 18

From the November 22, 2015 edition of The Early Bird

By Ryan Berry, Managing Editor

GREENVILLE – Closing the skills gap and ensuring Darke County’s manufacturers have a qualified workforce has been discussed, contemplated and discussed a few more times. For some it has been a five year journey while others jumped on board midway through the most recent effort, but all have played an important role in making sure the Darke County Advanced Manufacturing Center at the Greenville Technology Center came to fruition. Local business, manufacturing and community leaders joined with government and school officials to celebrate the opening on Nov. 18

Much of what has been accomplished is the result of the initial efforts of Darke County Economic Development Director Marc Saluk and Greenville Mayor Mike Bowers. The two officials held manufacturer visits, heard about the skills gap and went to an economic development conference in Charlotte, NC. When discussing what they had heard from the manufacturers and in the conference their thought was, “How do you get manufacturing and schools together?” Bowers said, “Fast forward five years and you have this event, this opening. It goes a long way to filling that skills gap.”

The development of the Advanced Manufacturing Center and its curriculum was not left up to educational leaders alone to fill. It was a comprehensive and combined effort from local manufacturers and educational leaders from around the county. Students will gain knowledge in manufacturing that will be needed when moving from high school, technical school or college into the workforce......

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