Concord Township, Ohio — A manufacturing program that includes plastics is growing at Auburn Career Center, a vocational school in northeast Ohio.
Thirty-five students are enrolled in manufacturing for the 2018-19 school year. Auburn, located in Concord Township, about 30 miles east of Cleveland, has an internship program with plastics extruder Mercury Plastics Inc. of Middlefield.
"Manufacturing can be a good career," Superintendent Brian Bontempo said in a recent interview at Auburn. "Our students can earn college credits here and get marketable skills. And our teachers know how to make their subject matter come to life."
Auburn, which serves 11 area school districts, has also worked with plastic shapes maker Cast Nylons Ltd. of Willoughby and thermoset molder and materials maker Mar-Bal Inc. of Chagrin Falls. The center also last year placed an IT worker at plastics and rubber compounder Hexpol Compounding of Burton.
The school is at 90 percent capacity with 758 students, which is the highest enrollment in Auburn's 50-plus-year history in the area. High school students spend a half-day at Auburn and the rest of the day at their home schools. The manufacturing program provides training that students can use in a variety of industrial jobs.