Education

Eastern Gateway Enters Agreement with Mercy College

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — Eastern Gateway Community College’s board of trustees recently approved entering into a joint-use agreement with Mercy College of Ohio and members were updated on the implementation of grants for the new precision machining and welding training center in Youngstown.

Development of the training center and the agreement with Mercy College “will better enable us to meet the educational needs” of Mahoning Valley residents, said John Gillmore, chairman of Eastern Gateway’s board of trustees.

The joint-use agreement cements a partnership between the state of Ohio and Mercy College that paves the way for development of classroom space for a nursing outreach initiative in Youngstown. Under the 20-year agreement, the state provided $250,000 in grant money for improvements at Mercy College and tasked Eastern Gateway with administering the funds. In exchange, Eastern Gateway will be permitted to use Mercy College’s facilities for nursing and other health-related programming.

The precision machining center is being developed in partnership with the Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition, Youngstown State University, Mahoning County Career and Technical Center and Choffin Career Center. The project received a $2.5 million federal grant for precision machining and a $1 million grant for welding. It’s slated to open in the fall.

The board also welcomed Christine Dennison as a new trustee and reappointed Sister Patrician McNicholas, who will serve as vice-chairman of the board.

PICTURED: Eastern Gateway Community College’s Valley Center in downtown Youngstown.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.