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Regional Development Guide: Cincinnati State looks to bridge skills gap

Cincinnati Business Courier Showcases new Machine Operator's Program

This fall, the Workforce Development Center at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College launched a program designed to bridge the gap between people in need of a promising career and employers in need of skilled workers. The center’s new “machine operators program” aims to teach the skills that are needed to operate today’s high-tech metalworking machines, and continue the region’s manufacturing growth.
“This program was generated by the disconnect between unemployment and manufacturers who are screaming to get people trained,” said Jim Bax, business manager for the Workforce Development Center.

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Recipe for Success Fundraiser

Hospitality Academy of Cincinnati
Recipe for Success Fundraiser
November 3, 2013, 5:00 – 9:00
Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati

The Hospitality Academy of Cincinnati fundraiser, “Recipe for Success”, is a unique event that showcases food, food preparation skills and talent in an entertaining format while sharing the story of the Hospitality Academy of Cincinnati and how it has impacted the lives of the graduates and their families.

Using Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati as the fabulous venue, the event will begin with an exclusive VIP pre-party, titled “Funding from Foodies”. During the one-­hour VIP pre­‐party, guests will have an opportunity to sample specially prepared food, meet event honoree Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati General Manager Kevin Kline, participating chefs, student chefs and graduates of the Hospitality Academy.

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Professional Development: Lean Six-Sigma


Cincinnati State’s Workforce Development Center will present two sequences of the popular Six Sigma training program starting in February.

Lean Six Sigma methodology has achieved wide recognition across a variety of industries for its ability to help businesses improve efficiency, reduce waste, control quality and standardize processes. Starting next month, the Workforce Development Center will offer two Six Sigma certificate programs:

  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Feb. 20 – April 10

    This eight-week course is designed for professionals with little or no prior experience with Six Sigma methodologies. Classes will cover such topics as data collection plans, process capability and root cause analysis. The course – equivalent to two semester hours of regular academic credit – carries with it 45 Professional Development Units (PDUs) and 4.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Cost is $1,980. Classes will meet on Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Feb. 9 – April 11

    This eight-week, 16-class course is designed for Green Belt practitioners or those with equivalent experience. Topics include “define,” “measure,” “analyze,” “control,” “critical success considerations,” and “change management.” This class is equivalent to six semester hours of academic credit and carries 90 PDUs and 9 CEUs. Cost is $3,980. Classes will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Both the Green Belt and Black Belt courses will be taught by trainers and facilitators from Capano & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in continuous improvement training, organizational development and Lean Six Sigma training. To register for a course or seek more information please visit or call (513) 569-1643.


Cincinnati State ( offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs in business technologies, health and public safety, engineering technologies, humanities and sciences and information technologies. Cincinnati State has one of the largest cooperative education programs in the United States.

HAZMAT, Rescue and Safety


Cincinnati State Technical and Community College is partnering with the Colerain Township Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services to establish an additional training location.

Formally known as The Cincinnati State Fire Safety and EMS Colerain Fire Academy, it is designed to provide continuing education classes to working professionals as well as programming for those considering a career in public safety. Participants need not live in or work for Colerain Township the Academy’s courses will be open to anyone who meets eligibility criteria for specific courses.

“We see this as an example of a shared service, where two governmental bodies are working together to provide training not only for the community, but also for other agencies in the area that might not have sufficient enrollment to justify continuing education training classes on their own,” said Colerain Township Fire Chief Bruce Smith.

Added Erin Sarvis, EMS Project and Quality Assurance Coordinator for Cincinnati State’s Workforce Development Center: “This Academy not only provides an additional location for Cincinnati State’s initial academic coursework as part of the public safety degree programs, but also provides further opportunities for the development and advancement of those already in the workplace.”

The Colerain Township Fire Department and Cincinnati State will jointly recruit and recommend students for the Academy. Students will be required to complete all prerequisites, admission procedures, and enrollment requirements of the fire and EMS courses of choice.

Cincinnati State will continue to operate its existing Emergency Medical Technology, Fire Service Technology and Fire Service Leadership degree programs at its main campus. Most of the Academy training courses will be offered at Colerain Township locations or Cincinnati State’s Workforce Development Center campus in Evendale.

The responsibility for developing courses and coordinating student affairs at the Academy will rest with a Program Board, with members from both institutions. The initial Program Board will include:

  • Allen Walls, Colerain Township Fire Department Training Chief
  • Phil Vossmeyer, Chair of the Fire Service Technology program at Cincinnati State
  • Chris Hopkins, Colerain Township Fire Department Training Officer
  • Bill Mehbod, chair of the EMS program at Cincinnati State
  • Brian Canteel, HAZMAT, Rescue & Safety Business Manager, Workforce Development Center

Colerain Township Fire Chief Bruce Smith and Dr. Dennis N. Ulrich, Vice President of Workforce Development at Cincinnati State, will serve as Senior Administrators of the Academy.


The Colerain Township Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services (Colerain Fire & EMS) provides fire and emergency medical services to 58,500 residents in a service delivery are of more than 42 square miles. With 180 members and an operating budget of $12.8 million, Colerain Fire & EMS averages approximately 10,000 requests for service annually.



Cincinnati State ( offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs in business technologies, health and public safety, engineering technologies, humanities and sciences and information technologies. Cincinnati State has one of the largest cooperative education programs in the United States.

Get Skills to Work program

Cincinnati State joins GE, leading manufacturers in “Get Skills to Work” initiative

College is first site for training class, designed for military veterans

Cincinnati State is joining a national effort led by GE and other leading corporations to increase the supply of men and women trained for jobs in the manufacturing industry.

Cincinnati State has been asked to pilot what is planned as a series of Accelerated Skills Training programs across the country. The first program, designed for military veterans, will begin in January, 2013 at Cincinnati State’s Workforce Development Center in Evendale.

“We are honored, and delighted, to be part of this initiative,” said Cincinnati State President O’dell M. Owens, who joined Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO of GE, and other partners in New York City today to announce the formation of a “Get Skills to Work” Coalition.

The coalition includes GE, Alcoa, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Permac Industries and other leading manufacturers, along with trade organizations, academic institutions and organizations involved with workforce training and veterans’ affairs.

The initial goal of the coalition is to help at least 15,000 veterans translate their military experience into opportunities in the manufacturing sector. By 2015 the coalition hopes to extend the training to 250,000 veterans.

One aspect of this drive is the establishment of Accelerated Skills Training programs in Ohio and six other states (North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, Texas, California and Indiana).

The training programs will rely heavily on curriculum developed by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC), as well as recommendations from Cincinnati State training and staff. This training will enable graduates of the program to earn certificates that are nationally recognized by manufacturers in core technical skills areas.

The program at Cincinnati State will be the first to launch. It will feature:

  • An assessment and skills analysis program at Cincinnati State’s Pathway to Employment Center that will enable participants to earn a National Career Readiness Certificate, recognized by employers across the country.
  • 100 classroom hours of MSSC-based instruction, which can be taken in the day or evening.
  • The course includes Safety, Blueprint Reading, Quality Systems, Mechanical Principles, Production Processes, and Electrical and Hydraulic systems.
  • Graduates will earn six credit hours toward an Associate of Technical Studies degree.
  • A Veteran’s specialist will assist participants in job searches, for positions such as assembler, production technician, or manufacturing technician.

“Our goal is to help veterans translate their military experience into jobs in the manufacturing sector,” Dr. Owens said. “Cincinnati has a rich legacy in manufacturing. We know how to make things here. The challenge is to equip veterans for the particular demands of the advanced manufacturing workplace. Fortunately, we know how to do that.”
Cincinnati State representatives have worked closely with officials from GE Aviation in Evendale and the corporation’s national headquarters to prepare for the launch of the first training session in January. Additional training sites are scheduled to open later in 2013 in Fort Worth and Houston, Texas; Schenectady, New York; Greenville, South Carolina; Durham, North Carolina, and at locations in California and Indiana.

G.E. has agreed to fund the training program at Cincinnati State, allowing the College to hire a Veteran’s Specialist who will be involved in the recruitment and intake processes, then follow participants through the NCRC certificate program and the MSSC certificate program at the Workforce Development Center. The funding will also provide resources to help Veterans connect with area employers.

For more information about the overall “Get Skills to Work” coalition, please visit


Cincinnati State ( offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs in business technologies, health and public safety, engineering technologies, humanities and sciences and information technologies. Cincinnati State has one of the largest cooperative education programs in the United States.

New Certified Apartment Maintenance Technician

The apartment industry is growing and needs skilled maintenance technicians. You can develop those skills at Cincinnati State by earning the ANSI accredited Certificate for Apartment Maintenance Technicians (CAMT).

Apartment maintenance is a career path with unlimited potential:

  • The national median for total compensation for a maintenance technician is $32,300 and for a maintenance manager is $42,200
  • Most maintenance technicians receive benefits such as: medical, dental, vision, life insurance, a 401K plan and tuition reimbursement
  • Many companies offer a rent discount of 20% or more
  • With a great attitude and desire to learn, you can advance your career to Maintenance Manager, Maintenance Supervisor and Maintenance Director

CAMT Training

TopicsWeek 1: Interior/Exterior, Electrical, Plumbing
Week 2: HVAC, Appliances
Week 3: You will participate in a one-day Job Shadow
Price$995 "includes CAMT textbook, exam, Job Shadow placement, Apartment Career Fair"
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