Scioto County Career Technical Center was recently informed they are being recommended to receive a $726,234 grant that will allow the district to expand advanced manufacturing career technical pathways in the area of robotics.
Officials with Scioto County Career Technical Center were excited at the news and what it means for students, and the region.
Scioto County Career Technical Center Superintendent Stan Jennings said the machinery that will be purchased with the grant will be housed at the district’s new campus on Fairground Road in Lucasville.
Jennings said the district received the funding because Josh Shoemaker wrote the grant.
“We’re very excited, this is great. This is good news for us and the county,” Jennings said.
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 recommendations will go before the Ohio Controlling Board on February 22.
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.
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.
For more information about the programs and services at Scioto County Career Technology Center visit sciototech.org.
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