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Director of Public Affairs

Phone: (937) ***-****  
Sinclair Community College
444 W. Third Street Rm. 13 226
Dayton , Ohio 45402
United States

Company Description: Sinclair Community College is operated by the Montgomery County Community College District and is part of the state system, which is coordinated by the Ohio Board...   more

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"When somebody earns a Sinclair ..., 3 May 2015 [cached]
"When somebody earns a Sinclair credential, they're making a commitment to this region," said Adam Murka with Sinclair Community College. "They're making a commitment to themselves and their future."
"A lot of times our graduates are folks with families, with jobs, and mortgages," said Murka.
Ohio Association of Community Colleges, 19 Feb 2013 [cached]
Sinclair Community College spokesman Adam Murka said although Sinclair students pay the lowest tuition in the state, they still need additional support.
Adam Murka, the Director of ..., 21 Sept 2013 [cached]
Adam Murka, the Director of Public Information at Sinclair Community College, argued that, "those with education and skills are much more likely to make a livable, decent wage for their families and much less likely to experience joblessness."
"Employers, by and large, are looking ..., 13 Feb 2013 [cached]
"Employers, by and large, are looking for people who have the skills they want when they walk in the door," said Adam Murka, spokesman for Sinclair Community College.
Adam Murka holds an ... [cached]
Adam Murka holds an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (Ellen Ruppel Shell).
Adam has the memory of a savant, the work ethic of a dairy farmer, and the can-do attitude of a young man who has never experienced disappointment or despair.
Except that he has.
Adam, who is 28, lives and works in the town where he grew up: Dayton, Ohio. Last week he took me on a tour of the place, a city for which he harbors enormous hope. We saw the Oregon District, with its chic shops and coffee shops and excellent taverns. We drove past the sweeping campuses of several universities. And then we drove to Moraine to see the General Motors assembly plant.
The plant was made famous by the HBO documentary "The Last Truck. The film follows the months and weeks leading to the last day the GM plant operated, but Adam didn't have to watch that show on cable. He witnessed it first hand. His aunts, uncles and step-father all spent most of their working lives at the plant, as did most of the parents of Adam's childhood friends. Those adults who didn't work at GM were likely as not down the street at Delphi, making parts for GM. Both factories are closed and empty now, hulking behemoths the size of ghost towns. Adam told me that the people of Dayton rallied to keep out the vultures -- scrap dealers with plans to dismantle the buildings and their contents and sell it all off by the ton. The rally was successful so the carcasses remain, picked over and lifeless, a harsh reminder that high-paying union jobs are largely a thing of the past in Dayton.
Adam sees the upside to all this. Less than a decade ago, General Motors was Ohio's largest employers, with 26,000 jobs. Today no single manufacturer can begin to make that claim. The economy modernized and diversified, with 32 companies, foundations and universities that have 9,000 workers or more.
Adam thinks diversification is key to turning the city around, and he's working hard -- very hard -- to be part of that solution. He doesn't much truck in lofty rhetoric. He cut his teeth in politics, working on the staff of Republican Congressman Mike Turner in Washington, D.C. But when politics started to lose its allure, he decided to come back home. Today he's director of communications at Sinclair Community College, a remarkable institution sprawled across fifty grassy acres about a ten-minute drive from Moraine. It's there, Adam believes, where Dayton's future lies.
Sinclair has things you'd expect in a community college, like courses in dietetics and emergency response and criminal justice and hotel management and nursing. And it also has things you wouldn't expect, like Unmanned Aerial Vehicles 101. The college is betting that UAVs -- commonly called "drones" -- will be in growing demand not just for military applications, but for disaster response (think fires and floods) and agricultural surveying. Adam took me to the Sinclair UAV lab and handed me one of two UAV's the college had purchased. It was pitch black, the size (though not the shape) of a coffee table, light in the hand and with the look and feel of a toy. Sinclair has invested heavily in every aspect of UAV operations -- from operating flight simulators to getting federal clearance to actually fly the things in airspace above an airport in nearby Springfield. "For every drone that goes up you need a dozen analysts on the ground to handle the data," Adam told me. "That's a lot of good jobs. Not as many as GM and Delphi provided, mind you, but at least, he said, a start.
Adam introduced me to Sinclair's President, Steven Johnson.
Still, Adam is hopeful that Dayton will continue to rise from its recent setbacks, and that Sinclair will be part of the solution. But he is less certain that GM will play a major role. Pulling away from the assembly plant's hulking remains, he recalled many a long afternoon spent on these grounds as a child, waiting with his friends for dads and moms and uncles and aunts to finish up their shifts. "It's hard to believe a guy my age would be looking at a place like this and talking about the good old days," he said, looking hard ahead.
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