UF President Joins Roundtable Discussion on Manufacturing
Katherine Fell, Ph.D., president of the University of Findlay, joined area leaders in higher education, economic development, business, and industry, for an August 22 roundtable hosted by the Center for Advanced Manufacturing.
Their discussion with state and federal legislators focused on topics such as worker shortages, the need for job skills training, and the advancement of automation.
The Center for Advanced Manufacturing is a partnership among UF, Bowling Green State University, and Owens Community College. Its work facilitates the growth and sustainability of jobs and company creation in the advanced manufacturing and logistics sectors, providing opportunities for companies large and small to access research and development opportunities, training, and talent.
“Northwest Ohio’s economy is anchored by manufacturing,” said Tim Mayle, executive director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing. “When industry, education, government, and economic development collaborate, the results are improved capacities, higher quality products, reduced costs, and expanded talent pipelines.”
State officials noted there are 52,791 open jobs in Northwest Ohio with 10,000 unemployed. Of the openings, 5,820 are in manufacturing.
“UF’s commitment to strong academic programs and experiential learning for students underscores the Center’s work in intentional workforce development that is vital to the continued growth of our region,” President Fell said.