YOUNGSTOWN — Eastern Gateway Community College will provide technical training to maintenance employees at Foxconn’s electric-vehicle manufacturing plant in Lordstown under a partnership announced Monday.
The training will happen at Youngstown State University’s Excellence Training Center, an advanced manufacturing and workforce training facility.
Scheduled to compete the first two of eight modules this month, each National Institute of Metal Working Skills industrial technology maintenance credential aligns with modules that range from maintenance operations to electrical systems.
The selected Foxconn employees will be moving into maintenance roles in the company.
“Eastern Gateway continues to offer training programs based on the needs of the community, and this is a great step in the right direction at educating and empowering the next class of highly skilled workers to move the area to the forefront of the electric vehicle manufacturing industry,” Michael Geoghegan, Eastern Gateway’s president, said. “Our faculty and staff are prepared to help train a generation of workers who will be able to stay rooted here and continue to help grow the Mahoning Valley economy.”
Said John Ritter, director of facilities for Foxconn: “As Foxconn redefines contract design and manufacturing services within the automotive sector, partnering with education to create custom training programs will be critical to meet the highly skilled workforce demands of the future.”
Earlier this year, Eastern Gateway announced it was awarded nearly $1 million in direct federal funding to build out an electric-vehicle training facility to upskill and prepare workers to keep pace with the region’s fast-growing EV industry.
The money would be used for the EV technology training, including installation of equipment and technology.
Foxconn acquired its auto assembly plant, the former General Motors small-car factory in Lordstown, from Lordstown Motors Corp. for $230 million in May 2022, and has been working since to transform the factory’s capabilities.
Foxconn, the world’s largest contract manufacturer of consumer electronics, has agreements in place with Lordstown Motors to produce its battery-powered truck, the Endurance, and with California-based Monarch Tractor’s line of autonomous farm tractors.
It also has an agreement with INDIEV to make the prototype versions of INDIEV’s Indi One, billed by the California company as the first-ever vehicle with a vehicle-integrated computer capable of high-end gaming and learning the driver’s habits.
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