UNOH Receives $15,000 grant from PPG Foundation

Posted on Wednesday, March 04, 2020


The University of Northwestern Ohio was presented with a check for $15,000 yesterday thanks to a grant from a local company. The grant, from the PPG Foundation, will be designated for improvements to the newly renovated Robotics and Automation Lab.  Presenting the check to UNOH President Dr. Jeffrey A. Jarvis, was Deb Goldenetz, Business Process Manager at PPG Coatings Services.

This is the second year that UNOH has received a grant from the PPG Foundation.  Last year the UNOH Robotics and Automation program was the recipient of a $10,000 grant.  These new grant funds are earmarked for the Phase 2 development of a fabrication area in the Robotics building.  Specifically, it will aid in the addition of an Industrial Fabrication course that will be offered to students in August, 2020.  This course is designed to teach student the fundamentals of fabrication by using industrial metalworking equipment. Students will learn fabrication skills through practical application by creating several metal working projects. Students will learn to use sheet metal shears and brakes, MIG and TIG welders, saws, grinders, power tools, drill presses, plasma cutters, and various other fabrication equipment. The fabrication area will enhance student education in the Robotics & Automation Technologies Degree program. 

Since the start of the Robotics & Automation program at UNOH in January 2016, the program has educated more than 200 students and in that time, there have been more than 100 graduates.  To accommodate this growth, the Robotics building doubled in size last year with a nearly 8,000 square foot expansion. This expansion project included renovating an existing shop into two more classrooms while the entirety of the new addition was dedicated to lab and shop space. This addition allows for the instruction of 240 students daily.

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Category: Applied Technologies

Keywords: Robotics and Automation, Grant, PPG

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Last updated: 03/04/2020