PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio, June 27, 2018 – NEXUS Gas Transmission, LLC (NEXUS) donated $50,000 to the Owens Community College Foundation as a part of their ongoing effort to support students training for careers in technical trades.
The donation was used by Owens to purchase a new VF-2 CNC Mill. The new equipment will meet the training needs for students and workers in technical fields that train with simulators. The simulators allow for items to be created by students – giving them valuable experience – without incurring the cost of materials. The simulation program provides significant cost and time savings to the college while keeping tuition and fees affordable for Owens students.
“Technical workers in manufacturing fields continue to be in high demand, especially given the steady loss of workers due to baby boomers retiring and the low number of students going into these fields,” said Owens Foundation Executive Director Jennifer Fehnrich. “We are grateful for this donation and the ability to train future workers on equipment that is critical to the industrial, skilled and technical trades.”
The state-of-the-art CNC Mill has already been installed and is operational at the college’s lab facility. Owens is prepared to use the new machine to train both students and businesses. With the knowledge received through training, Owens hopes to address workforce shortages and contribute positively to community needs by supplying specialty parts using the CNC Mill.
“We value the role that Owens plays in educating and training the work force in the region,” said NEXUS Spokesman Adam Parker. “Our investment in Owens Community College is rooted in our commitment to help build a highly skilled employee base in communities where we work and operate. Not only do we support their education, but our project – both directly and indirectly – can provide jobs for many who receive technical training.”