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Master Chemical Corporation Contributes Over $350,000 To Support Owens Community College Academic Programs
The Owens State Community College Foundation earlier today received a donation from Master Chemical Corporation, resulting in the College acquiring more than $250,000 in state-of-the-art machining and grinding equipment, as well as a $100,000 contribution, to support the enhancement of academic programs within Industrial and Engineering Technologies.
"The selection of Owens Community College to receive such a significant contribution is a direct reflection on Master Chemical's commitment to investing in the future of industrial manufacturing within the Northwest Ohio region," said Mark Durivage, Owens Interim Dean of Industrial and Engineering Technologies. "Acquiring this high-tech equipment will offer Owens the unique opportunity to incorporate innovative manufacturing technology and research into our academic programs."
Among the new state-of-the-art technology that the College will receive is the latest advancements in computer numerical control (CNC) machining, grinding and inspection equipment. The three new machines will provide Owens students with hands on technical education in metalworking trades, using computer numerical machine tools. More than 250 students will have the opportunity to utilize the equipment during an academic year.
"The cultivation of research and innovative technology partnerships is a powerful and innovative business model that will heighten educational training at two-year colleges," said Gary Dettling, Owens' Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer. "Owens Community College's collaboration with Master Chemical represents a new standard for interaction with business and industry throughout the region. The endeavor also continues to elevate Owens' status as the most efficient higher educational delivery system in the state of Ohio."
As a result of the collaborative effort between Owens and Master Chemical, the College's Foundation has received $250,000 in state-of-the-equipment, $100,000 for program support and established a $500 annual scholarship in honor of Clyde A. Sluhan, the company's longtime President and Chief Executive Officer who founded the organization in 1951.
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, Skilled Trades Technology or Quality Assurance, as well as certificate training in Computer Numerical Control, Computer-Aided Designing/Computer-Aided Manufacturing or Quality Assurance. In addition, the machining and grinding equipment also will be implemented into educational training within the College's Workforce and Community Services Division.
According to Durivage, Owens students, who receive this high-tech training, will be able to apply their skills as future computer numerical control operators, programmers, machinists and certified quality technicians within any manufacturing industry.
Owens graduates, who receive training in metalworking technology, are employed by area businesses and industries which include Cooper Tire and Rubber Co., Daimler Chrysler, General Motors Corp., Honda Motor Co., Faurecia Exhaust Systems, the Ford Motor Co., Lear Corp., Owens Brockway Plastic Products Inc. and Whirlpool Corp.
"Master Chemical has always been a firm believer in education," said Milton Hoff, Master Chemical's Vice President of Strategic Technology Development. "Not only will we be helping the U.S. industry by honing skills of these creative young people, our company also will be educating them in the finer points of coolant application and management. We believe this endeavor will develop them into good customers as they enter the workforce."
Headquartered in Perrysburg, the Master Chemical Corp. is considered the pioneer of high quality wetting-agent metalworking fluids and has consistently been a worldwide leader in scientific research and development of cutting and grinding fluids. Working closely with the metalworking community, Master Chemical has developed and marketed a full-line of specialty fluids, milling fluids, cutting oils, concentrated washing compounds, cleaning compounds and rust preventatives all under the TRIM® trademark.
Their products also are both environmentally sound and when used in conjunction with Master's XYBEX® Coolant Recycling Systems are the most durable and stable products available anywhere today. The company also has offices, laboratories and production facilities in Texas and internationally in the United Kingdom and Asia.
The Owens State Community College Foundation was incorporated in April 2002 and has over $1 million in assets. The Foundation Board of Directors currently is comprised of 19 community leaders from Lucas, Wood and Hancock counties. In the past two months, Owens Foundation has received over $500,000 in donations from KeyBank, Fifth Third Bank and Master Chemical in support of higher education, which includes $250,000 in state-of-the-art equipment.
The mission of the Owens Foundation and its Board of Directors is cultivating gift initiatives, targeting successful alumni, business and industry members who are committed to investing and supporting the educational needs of current and future Owens students. The Foundation's focus allows Owens to continue offering affordable tuition, ensuring the College's academic position as the best investment in Northwest Ohio.
Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 24 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. 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. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, 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.