June 6, 2014
AKRON, Ohio – Big manufacturing and polymer news out of Akron, Ohio has been happening since the days when tire spokes were made of wood. Goodyear and Firestone are just a couple of the well-known companies who have sought engineers at The University of Akron for generations.
The University of Akron is making news again, as their storied College of Engineering celebrated their 100th anniversary by holding several events, including the National Student Steel Bridge Competition.The Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Akron Beacon Journal are just two of the Ohio newspapers to cover this momentous accomplishment.
Since 1914, the College of Engineering has bolstered Ohio’s manufacturing workforce. From its first class of 28 students and two faculty to the 2,800 student and 100 faculty member program it is today, this program has guided 12,000 students to graduation…with many of them accepting jobs here in the Buckeye State.
Engineers were so badly needed back in 1914 that students alternated weekly between work and classes. One hundred years later, the demand for the skilled engineers on the University of Akron’s campus remains just as high.
Today, more than 90 percent of the program’s students take part in co-op or internship programs. They can earn $14,000 to $16,000 per semester; which is enough to make a dent in the tuition, housing, and campus life costs that students incur while enrolled. Another benefit of the programs in place today is that students usually graduate in five years, which includes 12 months of highly valuable work experience.
The University of Akron’s 100th anniversary is a point of pride for Ohio manufacturers, and a telling hallmark of our state’s ability to adapt to changing times and perform and deliver in our industry. There’s no way of telling what things will be like 100 years from today, but it’s a safe bet that Ohio’s educational and manufacturing sectors will still be at the head of the pack.