Advancing Manufacturing to Compete in a Global Economy Project

Clark State Community College launched a program to reform its advanced manufacturing after employers in the manufacturing and welding industries in West-Central Ohio reported that they were unable to recruit local qualified workers to fill available jobs.

The $2.5 million grant to the college was designed to strengthen the college’s advanced manufacturing programs to better meet student and industry needs. The college used four strategies to meet the goals of the project.

  • Develop and reform curriculum through stackable credentials through modularized curriculum, development of new certificates, implementation of prior learning assessments, and increased employer input into curriculum
  • Improve opportunities for hands-on learning through the purchase of new equipment and technology to upgrade facilities and integration of online learning in instruction
  • Improve student recruitment and advising by developing a recruitment strategy, hiring a navigator to provide academic and career advising, and creating a more individualized intake process
  • Expanded employer engagement to gather input for curriculum, promote development of work-based learning experiences, and assist with job placement.

The Rutgers Education & Employment Research Center (EERC) evaluated the project by gathering data on the grant’s implementation and outcomes; conducting site visits and surveys of students, employers and workforce partners; and analyzing student completion and employment outcomes.