Butler Tech and Miami University partner to open manufacturing hub to educate and train the next generation of industrial workers

Feb. 16, 2024
Students will get hands-on training with new technologies and prepare for a career in industry.

Butler Tech and Miami University have partnered to create a new advanced manufacturing hub. Located in Butler County, Ohio, the hub is designed to meet the needs of Southwest Ohio manufacturers by connecting faculty and students from both institutions with manufacturing companies to solve real-world problems. Students will get hands-on training with new technologies and prepare for a career in industry while obtaining their high school diploma, certifications, micro-credentials, and associate and bachelor’s degrees. The hub will also strengthen the industrial workforce pipeline in Ohio.

The hub will open in 2025 with both institutions occupying 70,000 of the total 300,000 square feet at the facility. An $8 million federal ARPA fund from the Butler County Board of Commissioners and $2.5 million from the City of Hamilton will be used to get the project off the ground. The hub will be housed in Vora Technology Park. Miami University will acquire the space, while Butler Tech signs the 40-year lease.

In a recent quote, Jon Graft, superintendent and CEO of Butler Tech, said, “This marks an important moment in Butler Tech history and career tech education. Butler Tech and Miami University are collaborating to build the future of public education in the United States. Students will obtain the greatest return on investment for their education, while businesses can access the most qualified, competent, and experienced students in the industry.”

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