Earlier this week, the Ohio Controlling Board approved recommendations by the Straight A Governing Board, which included a $726,234 grant for the Scioto County Career Technical Center (Scioto Tech).
With this grant Scioto Tech will be able to expand advanced manufacturing career technical pathways in the area of robotics, school officials said.
Scioto County Career Technical Center Superintendent Stan Jennings was excited at the news of grant approval and what it means for students, and the region.
Jennings said the machinery that will be purchased with the grant will be housed at the district’s expanded campus on Fairground Road in Lucasville.
“This will give us the ability to compete and puts us in the position to attract business and industry and that’s what this grant is all about,” Jennings said. “This grant is about forwarding the workforce and about attracting business and industry to unique business opportunities.”
The district was recommended by the Straight A Governing Board.
According to the Ohio Department of Education, 20 grants representing 86 schools were recommended for funding by the Straight A Fund Governing Board.
The Straight A Fund was created in 2013 by Governor John Kasich and was funded with $30 million in the state budget.
According to released information more than 200 school districts applied for funding this year.
“These grants will finance bold, new learning and cost-saving projects that will help teachers and administrators better equip their students for today’s global workplace,” said Dr. Lonny Rivera, interim superintendent of public instruction, in a released statement.
To get a recommendation the governing board examined grant applications for fiscal sustainability, innovation and if the project had substantial value and a lasting impact before a recommendation was made by the governing board.
Jennings said receiving this funding will help the district advance its mission statement.
The mission of the Scioto County Career Technical Center is to be the region’s driving force for re-energizing the economy, is to provide superior workforce through personalized training, new technologies and community partnerships.
Jennings said the district received the funding because Josh Shoemaker wrote the grant.
Shoemaker said the equipment will enhance the workforce created by the district.
“This (equipment purchased with the grant) will give our students certifications. When they go for a job they just don’t have a diploma they’ll have certifiable hours of training on specific advanced equipment. This will make them very sought after in the job market,” Shoemaker said.
Once the district receives the funding, the equipment will be purchased, installed and staff will be trained allowing them to train students the following school year.
Jennings agreed that with this grant the district will not only help their current and future students but Scioto County and the region.
“My belief is the only way we’re going to get better, we need to understand that we as a whole need to be competitive and that’s what we’re doing,” Jennings said.
For more information about the programs and services at Scioto County Career Technology Center visit sciototech.org.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 1933 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT