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More than $1 million in NSF grants at work at Columbus State

Campus News | Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Work is underway connected to two grants awarded to Columbus State Community College by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education program (ATE). Collectively, they total just over $1 million. Columbus State currently has more NSF grants than any other community college in the nation.

The first grant of $549,730 is designed to increase the supply of qualified advanced manufacturing technicians. Estimates show that by 2026, more than half of 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will go unfilled. The Manufacturing Experimental Advancement Readiness Network (EARN) Project will increase the supply of qualified technicians for those jobs.

Columbus State is partnering with Lorain County Community College in Ohio and will work with other partners in industry, higher education and K-12 districts to recruit students to increase the pipeline of students participating in “earn and learn models” as they progress through advanced manufacturing pathways.

The second grant of $569,998 will expand career pathways for logistics engineering technicians through a collaborative project with Sinclair Community College in Ohio and Oakton Community College in Illinois.

The Collaboration Of Midwest Professionals for Logistics Engineering Technology Education (COMPLETE) Project will develop the education to support increasingly complex technology needs of the supply chain sector. There are 21 additional partners on the grant including the Columbus Regional Logistics Council, Boar’s Head, Honda Logistics North America, and the National Center for Supply Chain Automation.

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