Dave Guinn, Advanced Manufacturing Technology Coordinator, is the 2021 WCCC Adult Education Coordinator of the Year, an award sponsored by Area Progress Council of Warren County.
Mr. Guinn coordinates the adult Advanced Manufacturing, HVAC and AWS Certified Welding programs. He began coordinating the three programs in 2013, and has built all three by adding to the certifications students are able to earn. One of the first improvements he made was to take all three programs to computer-based theory lessons, which, combined with the hands-on skills lessons, increased the students’ grade point averages by 88 percent. Also, the three programs have not had a student failure since implementation, and the job placement rate is 98 percent.
In 2015, the manufacturing lab expanded its space and equipment and became the Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative (RAMTEC) Lab. Mr. Guinn worked on the $500,000 grant application for RAMTEC, which was used to purchase high-tech equipment such as CNC programming panels, teach pendants (controllers) for robots, Allen Bradley Programmable Logic Control (PLC) trainers, an additional hydraulic trainer, environmental test machines for HVAC, digital engraver, electronic bulletin board, and 13 laptop computers. In all, 43 laptops are used in the different training areas. Recently, the RAMTEC lab has added five 3D printers, and a new Skill Boss machine.
Another initiative Mr. Guinn is involved in, which took about three years to accomplish, is the approval of WCCC as an apprenticeship sponsor, so area companies can register their apprentices through WCCC instead of having to do all the paperwork. The high school has attached its pre-apprenticeships to the agreement.
In August, WCCC was chosen by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council to be the only MSSC Master Training Center in Southwest Ohio. This designation, which Mr. Guinn worked toward for several years, enables WCCC’s Advanced Manufacturing programs to run Certified Production Technician Plus Instructor training sessions, a leading industry certification in the manufacturing sector. WCCC has certified five master trainers in the past year and a half, who teach both adult and high school classes. Soon, a certification room will be completed for industry-standard certification testing.
“I am very appreciative that I was nominated for this award,” Mr. Guinn said. “I could not have done any of this without my instructors, administrative support, and the cooperation of administration. They have always had confidence that I could accomplish this. It was truly a team effort. We have great relationships between adult and high school instructors, and have seen many improvements over the years.”