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Lancaster Eagle Gazette highlights OHIO Lancaster engineering program

Lancaster Eagle Gazette highlights OHIO Lancaster engineering program
OHIO Lancaster engineering students Abigail Hall (left) and Trevor Evans. Photo by Jeff Barron/Lancaster Eagle-Gazette

The Lancaster Eagle Gazette featured the OHIO Lancaster engineering program offered at the new Fairfield County Workforce Center. Two OHIO Lancaster students were chosen for interviews to share their experience in the program. Read the full article here.

The Workforce Center is a partnership between Fairfield County, Ohio University Lancaster and Hocking College and was created to offer training to upskill local workers and build a skilled workforce for local employers.

Bloom-Carroll graduate, Abigail Hall, said she learns best from hands-on instruction. She plans to enter the agricultural engineering field and work with farming equipment, crops and livestock. She said a two-year degree from Ohio University Lancaster would be sufficient for her career choice.

"It was attractive to me because you don't just learn how to make parts on machines," she told the Lancaster Eagle Gazette. "You also learn the electronics aspect and hydraulics and a lot of different components. I love it."

Trevor Evans is also a Bloom-Carroll graduate who is enrolled in the engineering program through Ohio University Lancaster at the Workforce Center. He intends to earn a two-year degree before moving into aerospace engineering with the hope of designing airplanes and spacecraft.

"I've always been a World War II plane junkie," Evans said. "I've always just been interested in planes from that era on both sides of the war. I just want to learn different components to different planes and eventually make my own for better future traveling and to help the military in a way."

Ohio University Lancaster offers focus areas leading to a two-year associate degree in Applied Science in Engineering Technology. The program has been developed in response to manufacturers’ demand for skilled technicians and engineering technologists.

“There’s a labor shortage and it’s not going away anytime soon,” said Rick Szabrak, economic and workforce development director. “The Fairfield County Commissioners and the state of Ohio have invested in this center to help close that labor gap. If we can generate interest in these careers and provide low-cost options for job seekers to gain the necessary skills for these jobs we will see manufacturing, construction, and healthcare industries continue to grow in our county.”

Visit the engineering technology program page to learn more about our associate degree in engineering technology.