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Ohio Means Internships & Co-ops Program 

The Ohio Department of Higher Education developed and funded the Ohio Means Internships & Co-ops program "to increase the number of internships and co-ops INNOVATE-O-thon at The Ohio State Universityfor employers and students in key industries to close the skills gap, increase student completion and give Ohio a competitive advantage in the global human capital talent marketplace." In Central Ohio, OMIC is focused on providing students with work experiences in advanced manufacturing.

The following two segments capture two OMIC programs from this autumn. The first event was held at an Engineering Career Fair at the co-located campuses of Central Ohio Technical College and OSU-Newark.  The students were exposed to internship COTC OSU-Newark Engineering Career Fairopportunities with area employers and received job-driven training on critical thinking and human relations skills.  

The second event was at the INNOVATE-O-thon developed by The Ohio State University Institute for Materials Research.  For this particular externship program, student teams focused on a mobility challenge that will help shape DriveOhio’s technology strategy. The students identified value propositions and built business cases for deployment of autonomous vehicles at Ohio State’s campus.  

Key topics: Internships, co-ops, workforce development

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Manufacturing Tomorrow is a podcast series brought to you by the Ohio Manufacturing Institute at The Ohio State University. Featuring the perspectives of manufacturing leaders, we focus on the advanced manufacturing innovations, solutions and partnerships that exist in our region now and that will propel industry in the future.

Our guests include the unsung heroes of advanced manufacturing, from company C-suite executives and engineers to industry-facing academics, supportive government agencies and regional economic development organizations. Interviews cover the latest topics on products, processes – and groundbreaking relationships –the best manufacturers engage in to infuse entrepreneurialism in their daily operations.

Our mission is threefold: to provide a voice to small and large manufacturers, educate the public on the value of manufacturing innovation to the U.S. economy, and showcase how Ohio’s technology resource support providers (e.g., higher education, technical centers, and MEPs) boost advanced manufacturing solutions. We ask guest speakers about what catalysts are needed to collaborate on new products and processes, how to reduce academic-industry barriers, and the types of technical resources that can truly bolster manufacturing productivity. 

A special thanks for production support goes to Eric French at WOSU and Ohio State Media Services.  
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