ThursdayFebruary 20, 2014

Siemens announces $66.8 million in-kind software grant to Cincinnati State

Siemens, a multi-faceted international corporation, on Wednesday announced a $66.8 million in-kind software grant to Cincinnati State -- the largest award of its kind in the history of the College.  

The multi-year grant means that our students will have access to the same Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software used throughout the global manufacturing industry to design, develop and manufacture sophisticated products around the world in a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, medical devices machinery, shipbuilding, and high-tech electronics.  

“The manufacturing industry in America is on the rise and it is being transformed by a software revolution that is enhancing productivity, increasing efficiency and speeding time to market,” said Chuck Grindstaff, president and CEO, Siemens PLM Software. “This revolution requires a highly trained workforce.  With this grant, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College will be able to integrate world-class PLM technology into its curriculum, so that its students are even better prepared for co-op assignments and for high quality manufacturing jobs.”

The Siemens software will be used to support Cincinnati State’s mechanical engineering and industrial design technologies programs, as well as others in the college, including the Workforce Development Center. Computer labs on the Clifton campus will be outfitted with Siemens software to support computer-aided design (CAD) courses. Students and faculty will use the software in assignments and research related to mechanical engineering, industrial design and manufacturing management. 

"This is really transformative. I know that's an overused word, but it really is," said Cincinnati State President O’dell M. Owens, during a "Building the Future" program at Siemens' historic Norwood plant where the award was announced. "Our budget is $75 million a year. We could never have bought that. This is totally out of our range."

President Owens (pictured above with Steve Bashada, Siemens Senior Vice President, Industry Strategy, and Eric Spiegel, President and CEO, Siemens Corporation U.S., far right) said such investments in the education and training of Cincinnati State students will pay off. "You will see a return," he told an audience gathered for the half-day program, which was sponsored by The Atlantic magazine and underwritten by Siemens. "We put people to work," he said. "We cultivate the middle class."

The keynote speaker at the event was Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who praised Siemens for the donation to Cincinnati State and saluted the working being done by the College to prepare students for jobs in advanced manufacturing and other areas where employers have identified workforce needs.

Kasich said Cincinnati State co-op students and graduates who have experience with the Siemens software should have great opportunities, if only because so many companies are using it today.

"A kid goes to O'dell. A kid trains on Siemens software..." the governor said, setting up a scenario postulating that they can then go anywhere to work in the manufacturing world. "For Siemens to get involved is fantastic. This is a fantastic opportunity," he said.

As an example of how Cincinnati State can be exactly the kind of pathway Gov. Kasich and President Owens described, Siemens executives called out a Cincinnati State industrial design graduate, Kevin Dause, during the program. Kevin, pictured below, said he graduated 17 years ago -- and said that while he thoroughly enjoyed the program Wednesday, he much prefers doing about his duties as a senior product designer out of the limelight.

Here's a link to a joint press release issued today by Siemens and Cincinnati State, and here's a fact sheet that was included in the press kits that went out to reporters.  Full video of the event is available on The Atlantic's website. You can help keep the discussion going via @Atlantic_LIVE and #BuildTheFuture.

The Siemens announcements brings the total value of grants that Cincinnati State has received over the last three years to more than $100 million.  

  • Plant Tour Dr. Owens w/ Siemens Officials

  • Gov. Kasich

  • Helmuth Ludwig, Siemens, Left, with Dr. Owens

  • Plant Tour B

  • President Owens

  • Gov. Kasich at the podium

Mobile mammography screening Feb. 26 in Middletown is canceled

The Feb. 26 visit by the St. Elizabeth Mobile Mammography Screening Van to the Middletown campus has been canceled. 

Cincinnati State Middletown is co-sponsor of March 7 Career Fair

Cincinnati State Middletown, in cooperation with Ohio Means Jobs and Butler Tech, is hosting "Career Fair 14" at the Towne Mall Galleria in Middletown on Friday, March 7, from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. For more information please contact Linda Romero-Smith, Program Director/Job Coach, Ohio Means Co-op Grant, at the Middletown Campus at or (513) 217-3700.

Employee mammography screenings at Clifton planned for March 5

The College will sponsor employee mammography screenings. The TriHealth Mobile Mammography van will be on site at Cincinnati State Wednesday, March 5 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The van will be  parked on College Drive next to automotive garages.

Participating employees need to schedule an appointment, either at or (513) 569-6565.  Have your health insurance information available.  If you have any questions please contact TriHealth at the above contact information or Human Resources at 569-1565.

Black history program will feature P&G science/technical PhDs

Students and all members of the Cincinnati State community are cordially invited to attend the 2014 Black History Program on Thursday, Feb. 27. We are featuring Procter & Gamble employees with advanced degrees in science and technical  fields, who will be sharing their stories of success in life, education, and careers.  The presentation will run from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. in Main 344-346, and will include a 45-minute breakout session for small group discussions. 

Fite leads Cincinnati State to 77-62 road win over Sinclair

 DAYTON, OH - Emily Fite scored 27 points to lead Cincinnati State to a 77-62 road win over Sinclair Community College in Ohio Community College Athletic Conference women's basketball action on Wednesday.

Fite, a 5-11 freshman from Seaman, Ohio, shot 11 of 13 from the floor and grabbed 15 rebounds to record her 12th double-double of the season.

Phylicia Johnson added 16 points as Cincinnati State improved to 17-10 overall and 8-3 in the OCCAC.  The Surge, with only one game against last-place Lakeland remaining, have all but clinched second place in the conference.

Cincinnati State held a two-point lead at halftime, then built a 24-point bulge in the second half.

Ashley Morrow led Sinclair with 16 points.  The Tartans dropped to 13-15 overall and 5-5 in league play.

Cincinnati State, ranked No. 20 in the latest NJCAA national poll, hosts Lakeland in the final game of the regular season on March 1 at 1 p.m. Admission to the game is free to anyone with a valid Surge ID.

Surge close in on OCCAC crown with road win over No. 20 Sinclair

 DAYTON, OH - Cincinnati State took another step toward clinching the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference men's basketball crown with a 93-76 road win over Sinclair Community College on Wednesday

The Surge, ranked No. 2 in the National Junior College Athletic Association national poll, posted their eighth straight victory to improve to 24-3 overall and 10-1 in the OCCAC.  Cincinnati State has just one game left, against Lakeland at home on March 1.

Hugh Hobbs, with 17 points, led a balanced scoring attack Wednesday against Sinclair as all nine Cincinnati State players who played reached the scoring column.  Winston Grays had 15 points and Lorenzen Wright finished with 14.

Orlando Berry provided a notable contribution for the Surge.  The 5'10 sophomore point guard's stat line featured 15 points and 7 assists, and Head Coach Andre Tate noted that he continually sparked the offense and defense with his heads-up play.  Berry, who leads the nation in assists-to-turnover ratio, enhanced that lead with zero turnovers.

Richard Weaver, with 21 points, led No. 20 Sinclair, which dropped to 20-7 and 5-5 in the OCCAC.

Cincinnati State shot 58 percent in the first half to open a 23-point lead.  The Surge shot 49 percent for the game.

The Surge host Lakeland at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 1. Admission to the game is free for anyone with a valid Surge ID.

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