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Sinclair Dean of Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Anthony Ponder says the federal grant will help prepare students for high paying and relatively recession-proof employment in the manufacturing sector. 
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A coalition of Miami Valley community colleges and industry groups is launching a new program that aims to close the manufacturing skills gap.

With help from a federal Department of Labor grant announced Wednesday, Clark State Community College, Sinclair Community College and the Dayton Region Manufacturers Association will work together to train 365 skilled workers over the next four years, and match them with Miami Valley manufacturing employers.

The Skydio R1 self-flying camera drone is equipped with 13 cameras, enabling it to look in every direction at once, the company says.
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Unmanned aerial drone technology is changing the way we live and work. And it’s not just Amazon and other corporate giants getting into the drone game. The multibillion-dollar industry is forecast to grow exponentially in coming years.

Downtown Dayton's Third Perk Coffeehouse and Wine Bar hosts an event called the Perk-E-Lator to help would-be entrepreneurs hone their business ideas.
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A century ago, Dayton helped drive the global economy with inventions that changed the world – think, the airplane, the cash register, pop-top cans, the self-starting engine. In our series Scratch, WYSO explores some of the people and ideas that could impact life and the economy in the Miami Valley and beyond. 

The series was inspired by a simple question: where is Dayton’s famous spirit of invention still alive and well in the Miami Valley? And, who benefits? 

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Early voting is underway ahead of Tuesday’s elections. In Montgomery County, voters will consider a levy to continue funding Sinclair Community College.   

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On Tuesday, Sinclair Community College began renovations on campus to create the school’s new Health Sciences Center. 

The center will be partly supported with $16 million in levy funding—okayed by voters last November. State funds, savings, and a community fundraising campaign will pay for the rest.

Sinclair spokesman Adam Murka says when the renovations are complete, the college will be able to provide more qualified healthcare professionals for the job market.

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Sinclair Community College has a 1-mill, 8-year additional property tax levy on the ballot for Montgomery County voters Tuesday. Sinclair President Stephen Johnson says passing Issue 13 would allow the college to upgrade both manufacturing and health programs on campus, and add a new health sciences facility.

“This levy will help us with more capacity and higher quality in classrooms and labs that otherwise would not be possible, and the result of that will be better trained, more competent healthcare workers for our region,” he said.

Sinclair To Unveil New Drone Test Center

Aug 23, 2015
A retired Air Force drone is used in the classroom at Sinclair Community College.
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Sinclair Community College is unveiling its new drone test center in a Monday afternoon ribbon-cutting that coincides with a first-of-its-kind conference about unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

The renovated test center was funded with $4 million from the state and $1 million from Sinclair, and it’s meant to be used by drone entrepreneurs and educational groups from around the country. It includes manufacturing facilities and a new wind tunnel for UAS testing. Deb Norris is the VP of workforce development at Sinclair.

Sinclair Receives First UAS Exemption For An Ohio College

May 19, 2015
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Sinclair Community College has been granted a Section 333 exemption by the Federal Aviation Administration, which means that Sinclair can operate unmanned aerial systems, or drones, commercially even before broad regulations go into effect. It’s the first community college in the country to get the exemption, which will allow Sinclair to expand its National UAS Training and Certification Center.

Andrew Shepherd, director of unmanned aerial systems at Sinclair College, says operating commercially will open up lots of options.

Sinclair Students Pushing For Police Shooting Database

Apr 28, 2015
Beavercreek police are among those that have been involved with deadly force in recent years.  john crawford
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Two criminal justice students from Sinclair Community College are advocating for a statewide database to track police-involved shootings.

This proposal comes after high profile shootings over the last year both locally and nationally.

Javier meets with an immigration lawyer to find out what his options are for going to college. latino
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Outside Javier’s house in Twin Towers, we’re looking under the hood of my car, a ‘98 Camry. He teaches me the difference between a line-4 and a V-4 engine—I’m just concerned about whether my car is okay at this point.

“It looks pretty nice, yeah,” says Javier. Maybe he’s just being polite.

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