3 Valley Educational Institutions Receive State Grants

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Mahoning County Career & Technical Center, Choffin Career & Technical Center and Youngstown State University are among 82 educational institutions across the state awarded funding to strengthen education and training opportunities aimed at workforce development. 

The Super Regionally Aligned Priorities in Delivering Skills (Rapids) grants, announced Friday, total $40 million.

“We have thousands of jobs coming to Ohio, and it’s vital that our workforce is prepared and ready to fill them,” Gov. Mike DeWine said. “This funding provides an opportunity for our students to learn the skills they will need in their future career on the equipment Ohio’s businesses use.”

Rapids grants are used to purchase equipment for use in classrooms specific to regional workforce needs. These classrooms are often shared among colleges and universities, expanding the reach of the equipment and allowing more students to get an affordable, high-quality education. Examples of industries served through the program include advanced manufacturing, IT and cybersecurity, broadband/5G, health care and robotics.

“To continue Ohio’s economic momentum, our students must be trained and ready for jobs in technology, advanced manufacturing and other high-skill industries,” Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said. “We championed Super Rapids in the state budget to ensure that training providers have the right kind of resources and equipment available to educate the next generation of Ohio’s workforce.”

Pictured at top: Choffin Career & Technical Center in Youngstown.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.