LIMA — An Ohio concrete organization made a considerable donation Wednesday to the Rhodes State College Scholarship Foundation Board to help the industry’s next generation of workers finance their education.
Ohio Concrete created the Roger P. Jones Concrete Technology Scholarship in 2006 to honor Roger Jones, the association’s director and the key figure in beginning the concrete technology department at Rhodes State College. The association donated over $28,000 to the scholarship. the proceeds coming from the association’s annual golf outing and a 50/50 raffle held at Ohio Concrete’s annual meeting.
“We say we do it for the kids,” said Greg Colvin, President and Executive Director of Ohio Concrete. “The truth is we’re businessmen, and we want these kids to graduate and join the industry.”
Colvin said the concrete industry has a shortage of potential employees to fill many reliable, decent paying jobs. In May, a few students graduated from the concrete technology program at Rhodes State College, and they had dozens of jobs waiting for them in the field, Colvin said.
Some students who graduate from the concrete technology program go on to get two-year or four-year degrees and move on from the field, he said. Others stay in the industry and start out in entry level positions; quality control, batching concrete and, for some, distribution.
“They get in on the ground floor of the businesses and work their way up,” Colvin said that is how he started out in the business. “It’s a foot in the door and you can go as far as you want to.”
Jacob Hines graduated from the Rhodes State College concrete technology program in 2008. His interest in the industry was inspired by the people he met in the field, he said. He received a concrete technology scholarship financed by the Ohio Concrete Association while attending college.
After graduating, Hines ended up being employed by the same association who financed his scholarship while going through the concrete technology program. He’s worked for the organization for nine years now, doing concrete thickness recommendations for parking lots, joining plans for parking lots and assisting in evaluating American Concrete Institute certification submissions, Hines said.
“Rhodes State College provided 124 scholarships awards to students totalling almost $135,000,” said Kevin Reeks, Rhodes State College Executive Director of Development.
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