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Clark State College Wins $111K Grant for Engineering Tech

Funding from the Regionally Aligned Priorities in Delivering Skills will help the Ohio college purchase equipment for its manufacturing programs, which give students hands-on experience and connections in the industry.

“ ” ‘ ’ —(TNS) —Clark State College has received funding from the Ohio Department of Higher Education for the third year.

The college was selected to receive $111,553 from ODHE as part of the Regionally Aligned Priorities in Delivering Skills (RAPIDS) program, according to a release.

The grant will help Clark State’s manufacturing programs, specifically engineering technology programs.

“These funds will enable us to make equipment purchases that will provide our students with more hands-on experiences that will better prepare them for the workforce within our region as well as strengthen our partnerships with business and industry as we help to meet their workforce needs,” said Tiffany Hunter, provost and vice president of academic affairs.

ODHE Chancellor Randy Gardner said the RAPIDS program has been a successful way to help Ohio’s workforce efforts and create a pipeline of skilled workers for regional employers.

“RAPIDS puts students at Clark State in a strong position to train and learn with up-to-date equipment and helps put students on a path to a successful career,” he said. “Having just visited Clark State with Governor DeWine, I’m pleased to see the ways Clark State is a leader in workforce preparation, and that the governor and legislators continue to support this important program.”

Clark State was also awarded $132,233 from RAPIDS in 2020 to focus on welding robotics and 3D metal printing, and $93,131 in 2018 to strengthen the cybersecurity/information assurance, manufacturing and physical therapist assistant programs, the release stated.

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