Students at Youngstown State University (YSU) are among those who will be able to enhance their education and job preparedness in advanced manufacturing thanks to funding approved by the state Controlling Board to purchase state-of-the-art equipment.
Through partnerships with area businesses and higher education stakeholders, YSU was able to secure funding in the amount of $716,699. Governor John Kasich and the legislature targeted $8 million in the state capital budget to assist Ohio’s public universities, community colleges, and career technical centers in providing the most up-to-date education possible in an effort to provide a skilled workforce for in-demand jobs. Youngstown State, through collaboration with the Columbiana Career Center, will enhance manufacturing resources to support area workforce development public-private partnerships.
The latest round of funding will allow for the purchase of equipment in the field of advanced manufacturing. The purchases are funded by the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s (ODHE) Regionally Aligned Priorities in Delivering Skills (RAPIDS) program.
Local business partners said the funding will help prepare students for in-demand jobs in the region.
“Dearing Compressor relies heavily on YSU graduates and local talent for its workforce. We support YSU’s efforts in the acquisition of equipment that helps to sustain our industry’s technology needs,” said Joel Hodge, engineering coordinator for Dearing. “CT scanning is one of the most advanced technologies for non-destructive testing of assembled components, or to verify the integrity of complex fabricated parts. Students who have trained with this inspection technology will be valuable in preparing us to meet the increasingly complex nondestructive evaluation (NDE) requirements of our industry.”
ODHE Chancellor John Carey said the RAPIDS program has helped different regions in Ohio address their most pressing workforce needs while preparing traditional and nontraditional students for successful careers.
“When our schools collaborate to secure funding through the RAPIDS program, it gives students more opportunities to succeed while strengthening regional businesses and Ohio’s economy. It’s a win-win,” Chancellor Carey said.
The Ohio Department of Higher Education (formerly known as the Ohio Board of Regents) is a Cabinet-level agency for the Governor of the State of Ohio that oversees higher education for the state. The agency’s main responsibilities include authorizing and approving new degree programs, managing state-funded financial aid programs and developing and advocating policies to maximize higher education’s contributions to the state and its citizens.