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Bringing the Classroom into the Real World

EKU students at Asahi Bluegrass Forge in Richmond

Students in Dr. Jae-Young Oh’s Operations Management class got a first-hand learning experience of the materials taught in class at the Asahi Bluegrass Forge (ABF) located in Richmond, Ky.

ABF is a subsidiary of Asahi Forge Corp., a Japanese company that specializes in producing automotive parts such as hub units, gears, transmission components, bearings and joints.

The students were able to go on a facility tour and hear senior managers’ presentations regarding their lean manufacturing strategies, organizational culture, and internships. One of EKU’s accounting students was recommended for an internship in the accounting department and holds that position now.

Vice President Mack Ishgaki took an interest in contributing to the community and EKU, and has been invited to be a guest speaker in Dr. Oh’s class next year on the topic of Japanese “lean” culture.

Photo caption: (from left) Dr. Jae-Young Oh (far left) with MGT 370 Students and ABF employees. Front right is Ms. KiKi Creech, Senior Administration/Accounting Manager. Behind and to her right are Mr. Danny Pittman, Plant Manager, and Mr. Jimmy Bennett (with  cap), Production Control Manager and EKU business alum. Directly behind them are Ms. Emeline Koga, accounting staff, and Ms. Xilan Ji, accounting intern and public accounting major.

Published on November 09, 2017

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