Gateway rolls out new mobile manufacturing and construction skills labKAM
Gateway Community and Technical College rolled out a new mobile advanced manufacturing and construction skills lab Nov. 15 to tour Northern Kentucky.
The new Mobile Learning Lab will travel between Gateway’s three campuses and area high schools for dual college credit courses, said Gateway’s development director Sandy Ortman-Tomlin.
Students will be introduced to basic tool handling skills, robotics and manufacturing concepts when the new Ford Transit cargo van visits, Ortman-Tomlin said.
The goal of the new Ford Transit cargo van will be to introduce students to basic manufacturing skills. The hand-tool and team-building skills will enable students to explore whether a career in welding, manufacturing, construction or many other fields is something they want to explore more, she said.
Manufacturers and Gateway have partnered for years to fill a need for more qualified manufacturing graduates, according to a 2015 Enquirer article.
The mobile lab was made possible by a $95,000 grant in 2018 from the Kentucky Education Cabinet’s Work Ready Skills Initiative.
Students will not go inside the van. The tools and interactive lessons inside the van will come out and be set up inside a classroom, Ortman-Tomlin said.
Gateway instructors were taught lean concepts, now used widely in manufacturing, by Toyota North America Employees, Ortman-Tomlin said. Toyota has moved its North America headquarters from Erlanger, but the shared knowledge remains, she said.
The hope is to get more students interested in advanced manufacturing and construction, Ortman-Tomlin said.
“We are committed to Northern Kentucky and the workforce, and our business partners here,” she said.
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