Ohio Board of Regents Announces Workforce Development Equipment and Facility Grant Recipients

COLUMBUS, Ohio (2014-05-06) — 

Nine community colleges and three universities will receive grant funds to expand and develop new workforce development education and training programs.  The nearly $3 million will be used to purchase equipment that will enable students and incumbent workers to improve their skills to advance their careers in regional industries.

The grant funds are part of Governor Kasich’s workforce development strategies to align Ohio’s higher education curriculum and investments with skills in demand by Ohio’s businesses. The funds will help students and incumbent workers be better positioned for jobs and career advancement. Ohio’s businesses benefit by helping identify areas of need and preparing pathways for future employment in a region.

“We want our students to be well prepared for the jobs that are out there, and we want our businesses to continue to grow and succeed, which in turn will strengthen Ohio’s economy. These grant funds will help us accomplish those goals,” said Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor John Carey.

The state funding comes from higher education bonds used for capital investments.  Participating community colleges and universities are partnering with more than 45 companies and 25 other post-secondary institutions, including eight Ohio Technical Centers.

Schools will partner with businesses in their region to provide education and training to meet occupational and skill needs in key JobsOhio industry sectors or functions, including advanced manufacturing, information services and logistics. 

The awarded institutions, the amount received, and brief descriptions are as follows:

  • Belmont College – $35,975, will purchase equipment to expand its welding programs into a second lab to meet the increased demand created by gas exploration and pipeline development for students and incumbent workers with training certificates and degrees in the field.
  • Cleveland State University – $293,500, will purchase equipment to establish the Additive Manufacturing Instructional and Training Laboratory. The new 3D printers will enable students to learn new manufacturing practices and incumbent workers to acquire skills in additive manufacturing to further improve their careers.
  • Cuyahoga Community College – $242,000, will purchase equipment to meet the growing need and interest by students and incumbent workers in the field of industrial welding through a new Metal Joining and Test Lab. The lab will assist and support students seeking a Metals Joining Technician certificate and other credentials, including degrees. 
  • Eastern Gateway Community College – $250,000, will purchase welding equipment to train students as intermediate and advanced welders. The college will partner with the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center to implement the new program.
  • Lorain County Community College – $281,650, will be used to develop a laboratory classroom to enhance the Mechatronics Technology/MEMS Curricula. This curricula supports a Short Term Technical Certificate, One-Year Technical Certificate program and Associate of Applied Science in Engineering Technologies degree. 
  • North Central State College – $264,877, will develop a Fabrication Laboratory (Fab Lab) with CNC and robotics training equipment to educate students and improve the skills and training of displaced and incumbent workers in the manufacturing industry.
  • Northwest State Community College – $324,000, will purchase equipment to support and expand its industrial maintenance automation certificate program at the Archbold campus, and purchase equipment to expand educational and training opportunities in practical nursing at its Van Wert campus.
  • Rhodes State College – $248,468, will purchase equipment to educate and train students and incumbent workers pursuing careers in northwest Ohio’s advanced manufacturing industry. The grant award builds on the college’s successful relationship with the West Central Ohio Manufacturer’s Consortium.
  • Stark State College – $300,000, will purchase equipment to develop a self-contained portable welding facility to provide on-site welding education and training to students, and manufacturing and energy industry partners.
  • Southern State Community College – $243,000, will purchase equipment to improve and expand the Southern State Truck Driving Academy, providing education and training for the field in cooperation with five other post-secondary institutions.
  • University of Cincinnati – $121,981, will purchase equipment to develop a training lab to address a wide spectrum of IT needs in the region, including system network administration and cybersecurity.
  • Youngstown State University – $299,015, will purchase equipment to support additive manufacturing workforce development.  Students and incumbent workers will be able develop skills in the use of 3D printing and other new technologies in manufacturing.

About the Board of Regents

The Ohio Board of Regents is the state agency that coordinates higher education in Ohio. The agency is directed by its Chancellor, who is a member of the Governor of Ohio's cabinet. The Chancellor, with the advice of the nine-member Board of Regents, provides policy guidance to the Governor and the Ohio General Assembly, advocates for the University System of Ohio and carries out state higher education policy.

Contact Information: 

Ohio Board of Regents Contact:

Jeff Robinson
Office: 614.752.9487
Email: jrobinson@regents.state.oh.us