Continuing its goal to build an additive manufacturing (AM) talent pipeline across Ohio, America Makes will launch the Ohio Secondary Education Additive Manufacturing Training Network.

Created in collaboration with and support from the Ohio Development Services Agency (OSDA), the network will provide formal education and training of AM technologies for high school students and educators to ensure they’re equipped with the skills to fill advanced manufacturing jobs. Initially, there will be 10 high schools statewide, including those in urban and rural settings and representing public, charter, and career and technical schools. This Education and Workforce Development (EWD) program is funded through the Fiscal Year 2020-21 State of Ohio operations budget.

The network leverages best practices and industry-vetted content/curriculum from America Makes, and its membership community offers industry recognized credentialing and badges along with tailored training and coaching to teachers, principals, and counselors. Each school receives six Dremel DigiLab 3D45 Advanced Idea Builder 3D Printer bundles with materials and supplies. Participants will also get support for community engagement activities, open houses, and participation in national AM events including RAPID + TCT 2021.

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