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Media Advisory: Manufacturing industry leaders join forces with the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center to host 'Makers Gone Pro West' - 09/27/18

SCAPPOOSE, Ore. – Mark your calendar and plan to stop by “Makers Gone Pro West,” an engaging and educational event hosted by regional industry, education and workforce development partners and the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center!


Participation and support for the event come from Autodesk, Blount, Daimler, Evraz, Letica, Madden Industrial Craftsmen, Northwest Oregon Works, Oregon Aero, Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Rightline, Silver Eagle, Sport Copter, Sen. Betsy Johnson and the Portland Community College Foundation, in addition to area high school robotics teams, the Boeing Tech Prep Program, OMIC R&D partners and OMIC training center partners from PCC.


Attendees can experiment with 3D printers, laser cutters, robots and virtual welding, to better understand the world of making things! And on-site workshops will provide an opportunity to learn how these activities relate to the region’s robust manufacturing sector, offering high-demand, high-wage and high-skill employment!


Friday, Oct. 5

12:30-2:15 p.m. -- K-12 education partners.

3-6 p.m.-- Local community.


OMIC Research and Development Center

33701 Charles T. Parker Way

Scappoose, OR, 97056

Access to OMIC R&D has temporarily changed due to construction to replace the road. Access to our facility is now diverted through the Scappoose Sand & Gravel pit on NE Crown Zellerbach Road to the OMIC facility. Take Highway 30 to 33485 NE Crown Zellerbach Logging Road and there will be signs directing drivers through the gravel pit to the 33701 Charles T. Parker Way location. Access from West Lane Road is closed.


In collaboration with regional industry, education and workforce development partners, OMIC has created a first-ever event for Columbia County -- “Makers Gone Pro West” -- offering fun, creative, hands-on activities for attendees to learn about the manufacturing industry, a vibrant field offering professional growth and opportunity.

“Makers Gone Pro West” got its start from an event in East Multnomah County that was launched in 2014 to expose youth to modern manufacturing career pathways and share the value that manufacturing adds to the U.S. economy. Both events support “National Manufacturing Day,” which takes place annually in early October and touts the advanced and expanding manufacturing sector across the country.

Additionally, “Makers Gone Pro West” will showcase the vision and programs at OMIC, while regional manufacturing partners will describe their companies’ work and career opportunities.

The event is free and open to the public from 3-6 p.m. Parking is available on site; follow directional signs.

About OMIC Research and Development:

OMIC R&D is a world-class collaborative environment bringing together industry, higher education and government in partnership to develop new tools, techniques and technologies to address near-term manufacturing challenges through applied research and advanced technical training. OMIC R&D is modeled after the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Center (AMRC) in partnership with Boeing in Sheffield, England. The OMIC R&D collaborative partnership is located in Scappoose, Oregon in a facility owned and administered by the Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech). For more information visit www.OMIC.us

About the OMIC Training Center:

Fall 2020 is the estimated launch date of Portland Community College’s training center in Columbia County, focused on advanced manufacturing and offering programs using an apprenticeship model. The center is part of the regional OMIC project in Scappoose, which seeks to combine applied research and development and workforce training to serve the region’s advanced manufacturers, and create economic mobility for area residents to access living wage careers in the metals manufacturing industry. Until the training center’s opening, courses will be taught in its temporary space at Scappoose High School.

Through its training center, the college will offer such programs as Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operation, Machining, Welding and Mechatronics. Its programs will be based on an apprenticeship standard, such that students can complete an associate degree or certificate leading to an advanced degree. Emphasis will be placed on craftsmanship, professionalism, and placing graduates into high-wage, high-demand advanced manufacturing jobs – a sector whose future looks very bright in Oregon.


About Portland Community College: Portland Community College is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon and provides training, degree and certificate completion, and lifelong learning to more than 73,000 full- and part-time students in Multnomah, Washington, Yamhill, Clackamas, and Columbia counties. PCC has four comprehensive campuses, eight education centers or areas served, and approximately 200 community locations in the Portland metropolitan area. The PCC district encompasses a 1,500-square-mile area in northwest Oregon and offers two-year degrees, one-year certificate programs, short-term training, alternative education, pre-college courses and life-long learning.

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