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NC State receives $1.5 million grant from Ohio Board of Regents

NC State receives $1.5 million grant from Ohio Board of Regents

James W. Kehoe Center in Shelby. Photo: Crawford County Now/North Central State College

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This week the Ohio Board of Regents awarded a Small Campus Targeted Workforce Development Expansion grant in the amount of $1,528,847 to North Central State College for renovations at the James W. Kehoe Center in Shelby, Ohio. The award will provide resources to renovate and improve the Kehoe Center and add a mobile manufacturing resource. These improvements will enhance the college’s ability to meet the needs of its students and businesses, furthering their education and career opportunities with a focus on Advanced Manufacturing.

This grant builds momentum with the Department of Labor grant received last fall, which is already providing state-of-the-art Industrial Readiness training to students to equip them with the necessary skills to be productive employees with local manufacturers. More than a dozen graduates have already completed IR training at the college.

Dorey Diab, President of NC State was elated. “This is another great day for North Central State College, our students and the community where our graduates are employed,” said Diab.

“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. These grant funds will help with both of those goals, while further strengthening Ohio’s economy,” said Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor John Carey.

NC State was one of six community colleges awarded a total of $16 million in grant funds to expand and develop campus facilities to improve their capacity to serve students and provide workforce development education and training programs. The funds will be used to build and renovate facilities and purchase equipment that will enable students to obtain the education and skills to advance their careers in regional industries.

The grant funds were allocated during the state’s recent capital construction budget and align with Governor John R. Kasich’s higher education workforce development strategies targeting community colleges. The funds are meant to strengthen Ohio’s higher education institutions and curriculum and develop skills in demand by Ohio’s businesses. Through the grant funds, students will be better positioned for jobs and career advancement. Ohio’s businesses benefit with investments in areas of workforce need and development of pathways for future employment in a region.

Schools will collaborate with businesses in their region to prepare students with the education and training to meet occupational and skill needs in key regional JobsOhio industry sectors ranging from health care to energy.

Lorain County Community College, Rhodes State Community College, Lakeland Community College, Stark State College, and Clark State College also received portions of the grant.

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