Cincinnati State to provide training for AK Steel workers
Cincinnati State’s Workforce Development Center has been tapped to provide a sophisticated training program for AK Steel employees.
The 400-hour “Electronic Repairman Training” program is designed to immerse participants in the fundamentals of the control systems that are part and parcel of any modern manufacturing operation.
The training program was developed jointly by AK Steel and the IAM Local Lodge 1943 Joint Training Committee, in consultation with experts from Cincinnati State. It will include overview courses such as math, industrial electricity and electrical safety, as well as more specialized courses with such titles as:
- Motor Controls
- Industrial Electronics
- Programmable Logic Controllers
- Industrial Controls & Instrumentation
- Industrial Electrical Troubleshooting
- Motion Control
- AC & DC Drives
Cincinnati State will provide the training at its Workforce Development Center in Evendale. Two four-hour sessions will be scheduled twice daily each week, starting this month, with a maximum enrollment of 12 individuals per session. The training programs will be offered for the next year.
Larry Cherveny, Industrial Maintenance and Green Technologies Business Manager for the Workforce Development Center, said many companies have remained competitive by keeping up with technological innovation. Training workers to keep pace with technology, he said, is a logical part of that philosophy.
Dr. Dennis Ulrich, executive director of the Workforce Development Center, said it’s also a sign of the times that labor and management are cooperating on such a training initiative.
“We’re proud that AK Steel and IAM Local Lodge 1943’s Joint Training Committee chose Cincinnati State to provide this training,’’ Dr. Ulrich said. “We have a long track record in this field, and we understand how important this company is to our region’s economy.’’
Denise Hamet, Acting Economic Development Director for the City of Middletown, said, "This outstanding initiative reflects Cincinnati State's commitment to Middletown, and the beginning of ongoing collaboration between the City, the College and the local business community. We are encouraged by the program, and hope it will serve as a model that other businesses throughout Middletown can emulate."
Cincinnati State plans to open a campus in downtown Middletown in August, 2012.