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MCTC showcases design program

Apr. 20, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Mountwest Community & Technical College is offering the public an opportunity to explore engineering design classes at no cost from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27.

The public is invited to attend classes where they will use Autodesk programs in a classroom setting and even create a part using 3D printing.

Ted Triplett, program coordinator for Engineering Design and CNC and Machinist Technology at Mountwest, said he hopes people take advantage of this opportunity to explore the state-of-the-art technology essential to architects, engineers, designers, manufacturers, printers and computer graphics creators. The process is used to create and render 2D and 3D CAD drawings, physical models, animations for art, film, television and more, he said.

The schedule will be as follows:

10 to 11 a.m.: AutoCAD (2D CAD)

11 a.m. to noon: Inventor (3D CAD)

Noon to 1 p.m.: 3ds Max (True-to-life 3D Modeling)

1 to 2 p.m.: 3D Printing

For more information about the classes, contact Triplett at 304-710-3438 or triplettt@mctc.edu. There is no cost, but call or email to reserve a space.

Ohio's unemployment unchanged in March

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio's unemployment rate was unchanged in March but remains below the national average, according to data released Friday.

The seasonally adjusted rate of 7.1 percent was the same as the revised February rate and up just slightly from 7 percent the previous month, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The static numbers so far this year followed months of small, steady unemployment declines in 2012.

Ohio's unemployment rate remains below the national rate, which was 7.6 percent in March. That was down from 7.7 percent in February and 8.2 percent in March 2012.

Ruling favors operator of WVU Urgent Care

MORGANTOWN -- University Health Associates has won another round in its fight to relocate West Virginia University Urgent Care, and officials said Friday the new location will open in mid-June.

The Office of Judges this week upheld a previous ruling by the West Virginia Health Care Authority's that found UHA is a private practice. That means it doesn't have to obtain a certificate of need to move the clinic 2 miles to the Suncrest Towne Centre.

Morgantown's Mon General Hospital has sued to stop the move, arguing UHA is the clinical practice arm for WVU physicians and controlled directly by WVU Hospitals and West Virginia United Health Systems.

The hospital systems also are at odds over the purchase and relocation of a Fairmont cancer center.

WVU Hospitals is seeking state approval to acquire the Fairmont Regional Cancer Center from Oncology Services Inc. for $11 million. It plans to spend another $3 million on equipment.

But Mon General claims that move reneges on a previous agreement the two hospital systems reached when Mon General was challenging a huge expansion project at WVU Hospitals. The Dominion Post says Mon now wants a Health Care Authority hearing, claiming the cancer center initially planned to move onto its campus.