Clark State ded­i­cates new lab

Dayton Daily News - - LOCAL & STATE - By Parker Perry Staff Writer Con­tact this re­porter at 937-328-0254 or email [email protected]­inc.com.

Clark State has re­named a man­u­fac­tur­ing lab on cam­pus in honor of a long-time Spring­field man­u­fac­turer for pro­vid­ing schol­ar­ships to help stu­dents go to the school.

The com­mu­nity col­lege’s ad­vanced man­u­fac­tur­ing lab­o­ra­tory was ded­i­cated as the Sweet Ad­vanced Man­u­fac­tur­ing Cen­ter Thurs­day.

“This gift is tar­geted to a work­force that is nec­es­sary to de­velop in our re­gion,” Clark State Pres­i­dent Jo Alice Blondin said. “We have man­u­fac­tur­ers in need of clos­ing that skills gap and get­ting good em­ploy­ees.”

The Clark State Foun­da­tion will be­gin of­fer­ing a schol­ar­ship op­por­tu­nity to stu­dents ma­jor­ing in man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­nolo­gies thanks to Greg and Ali­cia Hupp of Spring­field.

The Greg and Ali­cia Sweet Hupp Schol­ar­ship will ben­e­fit two Clark State stu­dents an­nu­ally.

The schol­ar­ships will cover tu­ition, fees, books and other course-re­lated ma­te­ri­als. Cri­te­ria in­clude be­ing a res­i­dent of Clark County and a ma­jor in a man­u­fac­tur­ing-re­lated field. Pri­or­ity will be based on fi­nan­cial need, and stu­dents must main­tain a GPA of 2.5 or higher. With the schol­ar­ship comes a pos­si­ble in­tern­ship op­por­tu­nity with Sweet Man­u­fac­tur­ing.

Sweet Man­u­fac­tur­ing was founded in 1955 by W. Dean Sweet who or­ga­nized a team of as­so­ciates to cre­ate Sweet Man­u­fac­tur­ing Com­pany. The com­pany was ded­i­cated to in­no­va­tion and change in the well-es­tab­lished in­dus­try of bulk ma­te­rial han­dling. Sweet Man­u­fac­tur­ing of­fers high-qual­ity, re­li­able equip­ment, in­clud­ing bucket el­e­va­tors, drag and belt con­vey­ors and sup­port struc­tures; their equip­ment can be found in more than 55 coun­tries cov­er­ing six con­ti­nents all around the world.

BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Ja­son Chilman (left), an engi­neer­ing tech­nol­ogy in­struc­tor at Clark State Com­mu­nity Col­lege, gives a tour of the Sweet Man­u­fac­tur­ing Cen­ter, ded­i­cated Thurs­day and named after a busi­ness with a rich Spring­field history.

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