From Ranken 2011-2012 Annual Report
Since starting with bioMerieux in July 2010, Ranken’s microenterprise efforts have continued to grow into various industries and lead to the creation of a new department under the direction of Vice President for Education Don Pohl and Project Manager Vince Holtmann. The journey first began when bioMerieux faced a decision to consider outsourcing the manufacture of assemblies overseas. Stan Shoun proposed that the product could be manufactured at Ranken by student workers and the company agreed; so Ranken converted space in the Mary Ann Lee Technology Center.
Student workers are in charge of the inspection of parts, assembly of the product and testing of functions for the electrical and mechanical components to meet quality standards and the production schedule. In addition to receiving pay as a part-time employee, students also receive college credits for the educational training.