Manning Announces $2.5 Million To Lorain County Community College
Funding to be Used for Expansion of Advanced Digital Manufacturing Space
August 29, 2014
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Senator Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) today announced that Lorain County Community College will receive $2,500,000 from the Board of Regents to renovate and expand the Nord Advanced Digital Manufacturing & Engineering Technology Center.

LCCC is one of six community colleges across the state to receive funding from the Board of Regents to improve their ability to serve students and provide workforce development education and training programs.

“The award of these funds to LCCC for its development of advanced manufacturing programming is another great example of LCCC’s commitment to ensuring its students are poised to succeed in key regional industries,” said Manning.

The funds, totaling $16 million across the six community colleges, were allocated during the state’s recent capital budget and aim to strengthen Ohio’s higher education institutions and curriculum and develop skills in-demand by Ohio’s businesses.

LCCC’s proposal includes building additional classroom and laboratory space, enabling students in 45 degrees and certificates in technology to develop the skills required by regional workforce needs. According to the university’s proposal, the improved facilities will deepen the college’s capacity to educate and train in robotics, CNC Machining, and Network Communications.

“When we invest in our community colleges, we’re not only supporting the students, but we’re also investing in our small businesses and entrepreneurs who are seeking skilled employees to allow them to grow and expand in our community,” added Manning. 

The Board of Regents issued the Request for Proposals on May 21, 2014 with $16 million in available funding; 18 proposals were received with requests totaling $45,380,212. The proposals were evaluated for the most impact for students and the Ohio economy. Participating community colleges reached out to 60 different businesses to serve as partners in the education and training.

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