Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Ricky L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Cecil N Graham Sawyers charged in sex for heroin plot Group demands changes at ELSD Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann Kids enjoy a ‘Touch-a-Truck’ event in Mt. Orab New police chief takes over in Fayetteville BC Chamber moving forward on 2017 SummerFest Two killed in wrong way crash in Mt. Orab Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Corbin testifies before Ohio Senate Five arrested in Hamersville drug bust Neil Diamond tribute band coming Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors OHSAA announces 2017 football regions and playoffs format Western Brown volleyball camps a success with over 100 in attendance Rigdon finishes high school running career with 10th place finish at state track and field championship meet Grace E Fite Women return to county jail as funds start to run low Georgetown Council takes action on vacant structures Veterans honored in Mt. Orab John McGee Timmy Burson Patricia A London Mary J Hall Kenneth R Behymer Western Brown’s Joe Sams commits to Marietta College WBHS to hold girls youth basketball camp Huseman signs with UC Clermont Day to continue baseball career on collegiate level at UC Clermont Western’s Pack signs with NKU WBHS to host youth boys basketball camp Eastern’s Rigdon, Hopkins are STATE BOUND James Ratliff Robert P Lesko Armstrong sentenced to twenty years on child porn possession charges Russellville hires new Village Clerk Russellville Council approves purchase of two ambulances

Southern Hills JVS receives grant award

GEORGETOWN – “I told you guys I would be coming back with good news, and I am glad I did,” Southern Hills Superintendent Kevin Kratzer told the Brown County Commissioners during their March 2 meeting.

Kratzer appeared before the Commissioners to tell them of a grant award that Southern Hills won as part the Straight A Fund from the state. Robotics Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative, or RAMTEC gives Southern Hills $500,000 to purchase equipment for expansion in advanced manufacturing.

The new equipment will be used in several classes at Southern Hills through most of their programs and more importantly the adult education program. According to a press release by Southern Hills “RAMTEC offers adult, college and high school students the opportunity to work hands-on with the latest automation on the market. Upon completion of the program, students become certified which opens the doors for continuing education or immediate employment in advanced manufacturing.”

In the first round of the Straight A Grant the funds stayed north of the Cincinnati region with the exception of the Great Oaks System, the largest Career and Technical School in the country. Kratzer said the rest of the RAMTEC money went north of I-70 and along I-75. Now, Southern Hills was awarded in the second go around for $500,000.

“We kind of said we deserve this too,” Krazter said. “So we were able to get it on the next go-around.”

The program will allow Southern Hills to better train adults in advanced manufacturing with not only their local partners such as X-Mil, Milacron, and Stanley, but Krazter hopes it attracts other businesses to the area to see that employee training is available in Brown County. The adult education side of Southern Hills now has a real asset in employee training.

“I think because it (RAMTEC) is so recognized by business and industry as important and needed right now, where as high school kids are well high school kids, you have to wait on them for a year or two,” Kratzer said. “This is something we can take to your business and train not only your current employee base but we can run the training at our place for prospective employees and have the training in much shorter segments, six to eight weeks, and have you a certified worker.”

The money from the grant will be used to purchase state of the art equipment to help train employees to new industry standards in manufacturing. The types of equipment include FANUC and Motoman Robotics and Stem Cart, a CNC Milling Cart and simulator, Allen Bradley PLC’s, and a Lincoln Electric Realweld Robotics Trainer. Southern Hills hopes to use the RAMTEC lab as part to certify students in their existing programs at the high school level as well.

Overall the RAMTEC lab will add 17 different certifications for both high school and adult students in the realm of advanced manufacturing. But Krazter knows that not only is a trained workforce important, but other skills as well to fit the needs of the business community.

“The technical side is what this (RAMTEC) would address,” Kratzer said. “Something we embed not only in the high school side but the adult side is that soft skill side: showing up on time, dress appropriately, passing a drug test – those are all soft skills that will no matter how much you know want matter if you don’t know the soft skill side.”

The biggest hurdle in adult education for Southern Hills may be the cost of attendance but that could soon change. Southern Hills is currently going through an 18-month accreditation process for the adult education programs. Once Southern Hills goes through the process they will become eligible for student loans and federal Pell Grant aid to help students get career ready faster.

“It makes us or breaks us,” Krazter said. “If we don’t get that accreditation in the fall it’s such a barrier. The finances for someone coming to take a class is such a barrier they don’t do it. If we have the ability to give loans and grants, which we are working very hard to do, that opens gates for people where before they were closed.”

Anyone with questions regarding RAMTEC or Southern Hills CTC they can contact the program coordinator Melissa Layman at 937-379-6131, ext. 307 or email her at melissa.layman@shctc.k12.oh.us.

Brown County Commissioners, with their backs to the camera, from the right, Tony Applegate, Barry Woodruff and Daryll Gray; are joined by clerk Sarah Prebble; and listen to RAMTEC coordinator Melissa Layman and Keven Kratzer, announce the details of the RAMTEC grant awarded through the state’s Straight A fund, March 2.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_IMG_0379.jpgBrown County Commissioners, with their backs to the camera, from the right, Tony Applegate, Barry Woodruff and Daryll Gray; are joined by clerk Sarah Prebble; and listen to RAMTEC coordinator Melissa Layman and Keven Kratzer, announce the details of the RAMTEC grant awarded through the state’s Straight A fund, March 2.
CTC gets $500,000 for equipment in advanced manufacturing

By Brian Durham

bdurham@civitasmedia.com

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