MAGNET's PRISM Program Gets a Boost from Four Local Educational Institutions

At a news conference held on October 9, 2012, MAGNET announced that it Prismhas signed cooperative agreements with Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, Lorain County Community College and the University of Akron that will enable small to mid-size manufacturers in Northeast Ohio to gain easier access to the research capabilities, hard assets and world-class knowledge and technological capabilities based at those four institutions of higher learning.

The agreements commit these organizations to further economic development in the region by helping manufacturers pursue innovative growth strategies through MAGNET’s Partnership for Regional Innovation Services to Manufacturers (PRISM) program.

Dan Berry“PRISM is designed to assist small to medium-size manufacturers grow and create jobs by helping them take full advantage of the many assets and resources in the region, such as the knowledge, assets and power of the four schools here today who have signed on to partner with MAGNET’s PRISM program,” said MAGNET President and Chief Executive Officer Daniel E. Berry.

“It is our goal to augment the unique capabilities of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, Lorain County Community College and the University of Akron with the many assets available at other colleges and universities throughout the region. We believe that by working together through PRISM, Northeast Ohio can become an internationally recognized leader in manufacturing education and innovation,” said Timken President and Chief Executive Officer James W. Griffith, who also serves as Chairman of the MAGNET Board of Directors.

Along with MAGNET’s leadership, executives from each of the four institutions were present at the announcement and commented on their commitment to working with MAGNET to help grow manufacturing in Northeast Ohio.

Representing the four institutions were:

  • W.A “Bud” Baeslack III, Provost, Case Western University
  • Ronald Berkman. President, Cleveland State University
  • Roy Church, President, Lorain County Community College
  • Luis Proenza, President, University of Akron

For more information about these new collaborative agreements, download the complete press release (PDF, 300k) which includes an overview of the MOU agreements and specific areas of collaboration. For more information about PRISM, visit the PRISM Landing Page on MAGNET’s web site.

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