Take Flight Aerospace Collaborative ..

1. To which Review Panel are you submitting this project?
Economic Development
2. What is the title of this project?
Take Flight Aerospace Collaborative ..
3. Please provide a short, non-technical description of the project, no more than 2-4 sentences.
Greene County Career Center seeks development of a unique, world-class transformation to better serve the region and the state through focused Aerospace, Engineering, Robotics, Manufacturing, and Technology education and training. This initiative is designed to fill current gaps in STEM-workforce training and fit in seamlessly with related local efforts to ultimately interest students at younger ages with the growth areas and primary industries of the state and the region.
Requester and Recipient
4. Name of organization making this request
Greene County Career Center
5. Address
2960 West Enon Road
6. City
Xenia
7. State
Ohio
8. Zip Code
45385
9. County
Greene
13. State
Alabama
15. County
Auglaize
16. Which category best describes the type of organization that is the recipient for project funding?
Non-profit
Contact Information
17. Name
Dave Deskins
18. Title
Superintendent
19. Organization
Greene County Career Center
20. Address
2960 West Enon Road
21. City
Xenia
22. State
Ohio
23. Zip Code
45385
24. County
Greene
25. Phone
(937) 372-6942
26. Email
ddeskins@greeneccc.com
27. Are there other individuals who should receive notices or information related to this project during the review process? If so, please provide name(s), title(s), and email(s). If not, leave blank.
Ron Bolender, Public Information Administrator, GCCC, rbolender@greeneccc.com
Dr. Jo Blondin, President, Clark State University, blondinj@clarkstate.edu
Dr. Cassie Barlow, Executive Director, Aerospace Professional Development Center, cassie.barlow@wright.edu
Chris Jones, Director, Greentree Group, cjones@greentreegroup.com
Project Information
28. City
Xenia
29. County
Greene
30. Congressional district
Ohio 10th
Funding Request and Budget Information
31. What is the dollar amount of funding you are seeking in the next year?
$1,864,200.00
32. What is the total project cost?
$50,000,000.00
33. Please list sources, amounts, and status of other funds that this project has previously received or is likely to receive in the future.
$50,000 Government Services Agency Local Government Innovation Fund Grant for Feasibility Study
$10,000,000 Permanent Improvement funds by Greene County Career Center
$20,000,000 Ohio School Facilities Commission matching funds being sought
As the initiative matures it will eventually seek matching funds and partnership from representatives of the Aerospace and Manufacturing industries.
34. How will the requested funds be used? Please check the category that best fits the project. Then, if you have additional information to provide regarding the use of funds, please provide this information with your supporting documentation (see question #52). EX: if this is for construction, please provide information on the proposed building, its purpose, size and location. If this is for operations, please describe if the money will be used for salaries, rent, equipment, services, etc. The more detail provided, the better the committee can understand the value of your project. This is particularly important for projects seeking operations funding.
Construction or Capital
35. Do you have matching funds raised or committed?
yes
36. If yes, please provide additional information.
$5,000 matching funds from Beavercreek City Schools,
$5,000 matching funds from Bellbrook Local Schools
$5,000 matching funds from Xenia Community Schools
$5,000 matching funds from Greeneview Local School District (Jamestown)
$5,000 matching funds from Yellow Springs Exempted Local Schools
$40,000 In-Kind Donations
$500,000 Jet Engines donation from Beavercreek City Schools
Though the project is construction focused, equipment is also part of the transformation. Two aircraft engines are currently earmarked by Beavercreek City Schools for use at The Greene County Career Center. Market analysis indicates that each engine is valued at $250,000. Therefore, initial matching funds for the Take Flight initiative begin at $500,000 in equipment. After additional equipment purchases, we anticipate labor funds from industry to assist with setup, installation, and training costs.
37. Do you have a budget with funding details for the project? If so, please send the budget as an attachment under question 52.
Yes
38. By what date will you be ready to spend the funds?
Within the next 6–12 months
39. Are there particular state or federal programs or private grants under which this project would qualify for funding? Please be as specific as possible.
Initial research indicates there are public fund grants that the Take Flight Initiative could pursue for additional funding for this and future phases of Take Flight. However, we feel these grants are best used after the initial conversion and start up. The GCCC Take flight initiative will be much more competitive once initially established given that several of these grants are at a National level. A recent meeting with Congressman Turner was held to pursue additional federal funding options.

Recognized options include:

14-577
Advanced Technological Education
National Science Foundation
A grant offered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) that promotes the partnership between academic institutions and industry to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary school levels. The ATE program supports curriculum development; professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers; career pathways to two-year colleges from secondary schools and from two-year colleges to four-year institutions; and other activities.

15-592
Discovery Research PreK-12
National Science Foundation
The Discovery Research PreK-12 program (DRK-12) is a grant offered by the National Science Foundation that seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by Pre-K through12 students and teachers, through research and development of STEM education innovations and approaches. Projects in the DRK-12 program build on fundamental research in STEM education and prior research and development efforts that provide theoretical and empirical justification for proposed projects. Projects should result in research-informed and field-tested outcomes and products that inform teaching and learning. Teachers and students who participate in DRK-12 studies are expected to enhance their understanding and use of STEM content, practices and skills.

Straight A Fund
Ohio Department of Education
Ohio’s Straight-A-Fund supports ideas from Ohio educators that promote academic achievement and economic efficiencies within schools and districts. Educators who have innovative, workable ideas that could advance student learning, achieve significant funding reductions, reduce administrative overhead - or all three - now enjoy the opportunity to receive money to jumpstart the transformation they envision. It is important to note that this grant has been capped at $1M and will not be an available option until release of the next Capital Budget.
Community Impact and Job Creation
40. What is the community issue or need that your project will address?
The Take Flight Initiative is the implementation of a multi-year transformation to the Greene County Career Center. This program will engage students beginning as early as the 7th grade year and will carry through high school and post-secondary with an integrated introduction to the primary aspects of the Aerospace, Engineering, Robotics, Manufacturing, and Technology Industries - showing them both potential jobs and careers from a local, state and national perspective. The program will follow through high school, eventually leading to ‘hands –on’ training for job placement upon graduation or continued education within Greene County at Clark State, Wright State or Ohio University. The Take Flight Initiative has been designed to impact the cornerstone industries in the local region. By introducing students to the opportunities in an integrated manner at a younger age, we can build interest, excitement, and understanding – which will lead to regional workforce pipeline improvement.
41. What is the measurement that will be used to determine whether the project was a success?
The measurement that will be used to determine success is the placement rate of GCCC and CSCC students into open positions and regional programs within the STEM, Aerospace, Manufacturing, Engineering, and IT industries. By measuring placement rate, which is now tracked by the Ohio Department of Education, we can show success in the program by providing definitive proof that regional investment in workforce development, education and training is being used to fulfill regional employment needs.
42. If the project receives funding and is completed, how many DIRECT NEW jobs do you anticipate being CREATED within the next two years?
101-250
43. Please explain how you determined the job creation listed in question 42. One way to support estimated job numbers is to provide examples of similar projects that have created jobs. If you are aware of similar projects, please include details and explain how they relate to your project. This field is limited to 1,000 characters. If you need additional space, please include your information in an attachment, not to exceed 10 pages, which can be uploaded by clicking “yes” on question #52.
Our analysis shows that implementation of the Take Flight initiative will increase enrollment due to its unique offering and direct link to the local region. Though all of the students will not necessarily take part in the Aerospace pathways, at a minimum, we expect the UAV and Mechanic careers to be completely filled with a minimum of 25 students each – these students will then enter the workforce upon graduation, fulfilling 50 jobs annually. We also expect that this effort will allow us to stand up the IT program and Manufacturing within the next two years – leading to additional job placements in the region. Additionally, collaborative placement between the Greene County Career Center, and the Springfield-Clark Career Center, along with Clark State Community College will help assure full class enrollment.
44. If the project receives funding and is completed, how many DIRECT EXISTING jobs do you anticipate being RETAINED within the next two years?
51-100
45. Please explain how you determined the job creation listed in question 44. One way to support estimated job numbers is to provide examples of similar projects that have created jobs. If you are aware of similar projects, please include details and explain how they relate to your project. This field is limited to 1,000 characters. If you need additional space, please include your information in an attachment, not to exceed 10 pages, which can be uploaded by clicking “yes” on question #52.
Similar to the response in Question #43, though the target career areas are aimed at positions with sustained growth in the Dayton Region, we anticipate that by adding an improved source for exposure at younger ages, along with skilled and qualified workers, the Take Flight Initiative will help local manufacturing firms retain business, and in turn, retain jobs. This number is smaller than the growth opportunities projected and is only estimated. Additionally, Clark State has expressed interest in utilizing the upgraded facilities and equipment for Adult Education purposes, therefore job placement can be safely assumed in those areas given the demand.
46. Using your best guess, over the next 10 years, how many sustained, permanent jobs will the project create and retain if funded and completed? This may include “induced” or “spin-off” jobs.
More than 1,000
47. Please explain how you determined the job creation listed in question 46. One way to support estimated job numbers is to provide examples of similar projects that have created jobs. If you are aware of similar projects, please include details and explain how they relate to your project. This field is limited to 1,000 characters. If you need additional space, please include your information in an attachment, not to exceed 10 pages, which can be uploaded by clicking “yes” on question #52.
In reference to our response in Question #43, simply fulfilling the local projected needs in the primary job areas will lead to 750 jobs across 10 years. This number grows considering “feeding” to other local initiatives, the growth that companies can make knowing they have a consistent workforce pipeline, and also considers the Take Flight plan to expand into new career areas within this timeframe, leading to more direct placements in the local region.
Additional information is provided in our attachment showing how the Take Flight Initiative directly links to local workforce needs. The bottom line is, given its unique structure and approach, the Take Flight Initiative is only limited by the amount of students it can train at once given proper linkage with local industry.
Community Impact and Job Creation Cont.
48. Using your best guess, of the jobs created over the next 10 years, what will the average salary be?
$50,001–$75,000
49. Please explain how you determined the salary amount listed in question 48. This field is limited to 1,000 characters. If you need additional space, please include your information in an attachment, not to exceed 10 pages, which can be uploaded by clicking “yes” on question #52.
The salary range was estimated by using Ohio LMI Job projections and the median annual wage. Ultimately, we used wages for:
Machinists: $37,900
Aircraft Mechanics: $59,510
Computer Systems Analysts: $77,560
Network and System Administrators: $66,430
We used these positions as these positions can be filled by GCCC as direct placement out of the Take Flight initiative. Placements from follow-on education at CSCC and WSU could potentially drive the wages higher.
50. In which of the following counties do you estimate a substantial number of jobs will be created if the project is funded and completed?
  • Champaign
  • Clark
  • Clinton
  • Greene
  • Miami
  • Montgomery
  • Warren
51. Are you aware of any opposition to the project? If “yes,” please explain.
No.
Greene County Career Center has taken great care to understand other regional efforts taking place that may be related and worked to integrate and compliment, not compete with these efforts. Extensive communication has taken place throughout the process with the right local, regional, and state level stakeholders and leadership. In particular, we note approval of this project by all 7 represented school districts in Greene County as well strong interest from several State agencies and multiple State Officials.
52. Do you have letters of endorsement or other supporting documents for the project? If “yes,” you may attach one PDF file that contains UP TO TEN PAGES of your supporting documents. This document will be posted online along with your completed questionnaire during the public review period. Please DO NOT exceed 10 pages and do not send separate attachments to the Dayton Development Coalition staff. Project sponsors who exceed 10 pages of supporting documents may be asked to re-submit their project.
Yes
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