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Owens Community College Opens New Haas Technical Center

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Owens Community College's Industrial and Engineering Technologies Division and Haas Automation Inc. unveiled more than $256,000 in state-of-the-art computer numerical control (CNC) machining equipment as the College recently dedicated its Haas Technical Center. With this innovative equipment, Owens becomes the only authorized higher educational institution in the state of Ohio to offer skilled training, using the latest technological advancements in manufacturing.

Owens Community College officials' President Christa Adams, Ph.D., Provost Dr. Paul Unger and Board of Trustees Chairman Jack Sculfort, as well as Haas Automation Inc. representatives' Business Manager Robert J. Ruelle and Sales Engineer Chris Tsiros officially opened the new Owens Haas Technical Center during a ribbon cutting ceremony. The event occurred in the College's Industrial and Engineering Technologies Building.

"The development of this unique partnership between Owens Community College and Haas Automation Inc. is an investment in the future of industrial manufacturing within the United States," said Dr. Paul Unger, Provost of Owens Community College. "By acquiring this high-tech equipment, Owens is committed to meeting the demand for highly-skilled manufacturing engineering technologists to further enhance economic growth among Northwest Ohio's businesses and industries." Provost Unger added, "We are excited to have this opportunity to incorporate the latest high-tech manufacturing advancements into our educational programs."

Owens was selected as one of only 25 colleges or universities in the nation to receive this manufacturing technology. The new Haas Technical Center will provide students with hands-on technical education in metalworking trades, using the latest computer numerical control machine tools. More than 250 students will have the opportunity to utilize the Haas equipment during an academic year.

Owens Manufacturing and Industrial Operations Technologies Lab Technician,Pete Johns (right) Individuals who will benefit from this high-tech equipment are the College's Manufacturing and Industrial Operations Technologies students who are pursuing degrees in Manufacturing Technology or certificate training in Computer Numerical Control or Computer-Aided Designing/Computer-Aided Manufacturing. In addition, the Haas Technical Center equipment will be implemented into educational training within the College's Workforce and Community Services Division.

"Owens Community College students, who receive this high-tech training, can be found serving as computer numerical control operators, programmers and machinists within any manufacturing industry throughout Northwest Ohio," said Mark Durivage, Owens Chair of Manufacturing Technologies.

Among the list of businesses and industries where Owens graduates are employed include Honda Motor Company, Faurecia Exhaust Systems, Lear Corporation and Owens Brockway Plastic Products Inc.

As a result of the collaborative effort between Owens and Haas Automation, the College also has received a $30,000 grant from Kennametal Inc. to provide tooling equipment for the College's Haas Technical Center. Located in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, Kennametal is considered the premier tooling solutions supplier in the world.

In addition to the ribbon cutting ceremony, the College's Manufacturing and Industrial Operations Technologies department also hosted an open house for their new Haas Technical Center. Representatives from Haas Automation gave tours of the Haas Technical Center and live tool machine demonstrations, explaining how the technology works.

Haas Automation Inc. is the largest manufacturer of computer numerical control machines tools in the United States. Headquartered in Oxnard, California, Haas manufactures a full line of computer numerical control vertical machining centers, horizontal machining centers, computer numerical lathes, rotary tables and 5C indexers. Haas machine tools and rotary products are distributed throughout the world, and built to deliver higher accuracy, repeatability and durability than any other machine tools on the market.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing community college of its size in the nation. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 38,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students in Northwest Ohio. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 140 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.

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