US Senator Sherrod Brown announces $4.2 million for Lakeland Community College – News-Herald
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, recently announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration is providing a $4.2 million grant to renovate the Industrial Skills Training Center for advanced manufacturing of the Lakeland Community College.
“Ohio is proud to lead the nation in manufacturing innovation…(and) we’re building on that legacy by making new investments in Lakeland Community College to train the next generation of advanced makers. of Ohio,” Brown said in a press release. .
“We know workers in Ohio can compete with anyone in the world, and this will allow more Ohioans to pursue careers in well-paying jobs.”
Officials said the grant will help diversify the local economy by expanding training opportunities for students in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga and Lake counties to prepare them for well-paying jobs and provide the skilled workers whose local employers need.
The investment will be matched by $3.1 million in local funds and is expected to create 300 jobs, retain 243 jobs and generate $5 million in private investment, according to recipient estimates.
The University Center for Economic Development Administration program is a competitive partnership between EDA and academic institutions that makes university resources available to leaders in economic development, the statement said.
The EDA is the only federal government agency focused exclusively on economic development. The program aims to provide financial assistance to communities and promote economic development.
Grants are awarded through a competitive process based on application merit, applicant eligibility, and availability of funds.
“Lakeland’s mission is to serve the needs of the community – this grant will allow us to do just that by creating a stronger workforce for Northeast Ohio,” said Lakeland President, Morris W. Beverage Jr. “As Lakeland is a vital provider of education and job training, these funds will have a tremendous impact not only for our students but also for our area employers.
“Advanced manufacturing jobs are in high demand locally and expanding our training opportunities will prepare more students with the skills needed to fill these roles,” he added. “We are grateful that the EDA recognizes and supports these efforts.”