UNOH Awarded Super RAPIDS Grant in Partnership with Vantage Career Center

Posted on Monday, December 18, 2023

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The University of Northwestern Ohio, in partnership with Vantage Career Center, is one of the 81 educational institutions across Ohio to be awarded funds as part of Ohio’s Super RAPIDS grant program. 

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted, who serves as Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, announced last week that $40 million was awarded to education institutions across Ohio through Super RAPIDS grants. The program was included in the state operating budget to support collaborative projects among qualifying institutions to strengthen education and training opportunities that maximize workforce development efforts through a one-time funding boost to the traditional RAPIDS program.

“We have thousands of jobs coming to Ohio and it's vital that our workforce is prepared and ready to fill them,” said Governor DeWine. “This funding provides an opportunity for our students to learn the skills they will need in their future career on the equipment Ohio's businesses use."

“To continue Ohio’s economic momentum, our students must be trained and ready for jobs in technology, advanced manufacturing, and other high-skill industries,” said Lt. Governor Husted. “We championed Super RAPIDS in the state budget to ensure that training providers have the right kind of resources and equipment available to educate the next generation of Ohio's workforce.” 

The funds available through the Super RAPIDS program will help schools upgrade lab and classroom space with new, modern equipment.

UNOH partnered with Vantage Career Center and received more than $330,000 to be used for new training aids and computers.  UNOH will purchase a new CNC Machine and a dozen laptops for use in the Robotics and Automation Associate Degree program.  Vantage Career Center will use the remaining funds to obtain FANUC Robots and laptops. 

Both UNOH and Vantage Career Center have a proven track record in educating students in Industrial Mechanics and Robotics and Automation Technology programs. Partnering together creates a pathway for students to gain basic knowledge in the robotics field at Vantage Career Center and expand their skill set and knowledge base with an associate degree from UNOH in Robotics & Automation Technology, thus increasing their earning potential and opening up more job opportunities to graduates.

"The RAPIDS program has been a win-win for Ohio's campuses and regional employers since its inception," said Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner. "This investment will continue that success by meeting the most urgent workforce needs, ensuring students are prepared for the future."

RAPIDS grants are used to purchase equipment for use in classrooms specific to regional workforce needs. These classrooms are often shared among colleges and universities, expanding the reach of the equipment and allowing more students to get an affordable, high-quality education. Examples of industries served through the program include Advanced Manufacturing, IT and Cybersecurity, Broadband/5G, Healthcare, and Robotics.

To learn more about the program, visit HigherEd.Ohio.gov/Super-RAPIDS.

Category: Applied Technologies, Campus & Community

Keywords: Super RAPIDS, Robotics

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Last updated: 12/18/2023