Oregon Freeze Dry Provides $50k to Equip Mechatronics Program

Mechatronics labLocal industry leader Oregon Freeze Dry LLC has committed $50,000 toward the purchase of equipment to support Linn-Benton Community College’s Mechatronics Program.

Building upon a long relationship with the college, OFD’s donation will help meet the educational and training needs of students in the Mechatronics program.  

“LBCC is an outstanding partner in our community, providing general and specialized education for our workforce,” said Jim Merryman, CEO and President of OFD. “We are proud to be a partner in the Mechatronics program. More than 100 of our current employees have earned degrees and certifications from LBCC, and the work the college is doing to keep current and ahead of our educational needs serves as an example of leadership in our area.”

Local industry growth and modern manufacturing environments have increased the need for a highly-skilled, hands-on workforce. As an industry partner, OFD works alongside program faculty at LBCC to bring about improvements that are in line with industry and community needs.

“OFD is a strong business leader in our area and a long-standing supporter of LBCC and our students,” said Greg Hamann, LBCC President. “This most recent contribution is just the latest in a series of investments that reflect OFD and CEO Jim Merryman’s strong commitment to business and education partnerships that make for a better future for all of us.”

LBCC’s partnership with OFD and other industry leaders ensures that the college continues to provide data-driven, hands-on curriculum and labs for students to learn and train for the real-world economy of today.   

“OFD has been a supporter and promoter of LBCC’s Mechatronics Program for over a decade,” said Dave Mack, LBCC Mechatronics faculty. “One of the challenges facing any high-tech training program is staying ahead of the technology curve. State-of-the-art, industry-grade equipment is expensive, yet vital, in providing cutting-edge training for our students. Financial support such as OFD’s helps propel our program into the future.”

LBCC’s career technical programs in Mechatronics Technology, Non-Destructive Test, Machine Tool, Welding, and Automotive Technician were developed in close partnerships with local industry, resulting in state-of-the art facilities and leading-edge technical training that lead to family wage jobs in our communities.

Above Photo: LBCC student Thomas Lopez works on wiring an electrical control circuit during a recent Mechatronics class lab.

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