APTS Training Division
The University of Akron's 18,500-square-foot Akron Polymer Technology Services Training Division is a teaching facility that serves the region's academic and industrial needs by offering a wide variety of non-credit plastic and rubber training courses.
The renovated structure, at East Mill and College streets, contains three classrooms, two polymer processing laboratories and a laboratory devoted to chemical measurement and instrumentation.
The University of Akron's traditional role in polymer education has been at the master's and doctoral levels, but it is well-known that growth of manufacturing jobs occur in geographic regions that have a labor force trained for the shop floor. To better meet the needs of the polymer industry, this unique venture, which began in the fall of 1993, pulls together various components of the University for expanded job-related training.