Rhodes State accepts concrete technology donation [The Lima News, Ohio]
(Lima News (OH) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Oct. 08--LIMA -- Rhodes State College accepted a donation Tuesday of state of the art concrete mixing technology and software that will allow students to train on equipment they'll be expected to know in the real world.
GivenHansco Inc., a Columbus firm, donated an $82,000 Keystone Integrated Program system that includes concrete batch controls, dispatch, GPS and business accounting functions in one platform. Faculty and students in the Concrete Technology Program will use the system.
"These types of partnerships are important to our institution as we focus on innovative teaching to meet business and industry's training needs," said Antoinette Baldin, interim associate vice president of academic affairs and dean of Rhodes' Division of Information Technology and Engineering Technology. "This gift, in particular, will allow us to provide a 'virtual batch plant' for concrete technology students and give them hands-on training used in many ready-mix facilities."
The Concrete Technology Program began at Rhodes in 1995 as the Asphalt and Concrete Technology Associate Degree program. Within two years and support of the concrete industry and Ohio Concrete, a trade association for the industry, the program was exclusively dedicated to concrete technology.
Students who graduate from the program are prepared to successfully pass the American Concrete Institute's certification tests for concrete field testing technician and concrete laboratory testing technician.
GivenHansco has long been impressed with Rhodes' concrete technology program, company Sales Vice President Mike Parker said, before showing how the automation and software works.
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