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Tri-C's New Mobile Training Unit Brings Manufacturing Skills Training to Employers

Tri-C-LogoCuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), based in Cleveland, Ohio, is helping to close the manufacturing skills gap by taking training directly to companies and students.

All the Tri-C Manufacturing Technology Center of Excellence's new mobile training unit needs is parking spaces.

The mobile training unit looks like a semi-truck from the outside. Inside, the trailer is split into a technology-equipped classroom and a flexible lab space that can be adapted to best serve the population at hand.

Tri-C-MobileTrainingLab"We're really fully equipped to be a mobile classroom," said Alicia Booker, Tri-C's vice president of manufacturing.

This is part of Tri-C's Manufacturing Technology Center of Excellence. The center is an effort to bring together all the college's manufacturing technology-related education, Booker said, from academics to workforce development.

Booker said the mobile center is a response to the growing pockets of advanced manufacturing jobs outside of Cleveland in neighboring counties. While Cuyahoga County is clearly a focus for Tri-C, the college doesn't want to limit itself to boundaries when there are companies that need its services in the region.

Booker said that, to be effective, they needed to reach where the need is.  By using a mobile training unit, Tri-C provides manufacturing skills training when and where employers and students need it.  Read the complete article in Crain's Cleveland Business.


Alicia Booker will be Tribute's guest speaker at their annual TribNet user's group meeting in July. Tribute, Inc. is a provider of business management software for industrial distributors and fabricators specializing in the fluid power, motion control and automation industry.