Stark State Awarded $3.26 Million for Oil and Gas Training
Stark State College is collaborating with private industry and others to meet the workforce demands of one of Northeast Ohio’s fastest growing industries. The College’s hard work paid off recently with $3.26 million in grants from the Department of Labor (DOL) and The Timken Foundation to fund oil and gas training programs at the Energy Innovation Center of its Downtown Canton Satellite Center.
“These DOL awards are highly competitive, and the funds will benefit our local economy through a better-trained workforce ready to work for oil and gas companies,” said Para M. Jones, PhD, president of Stark State College.
The $2.76 million from DOL and $500,000 from The Timken Foundation will fund education training systems for associate degree and certificate programs related to the growing oil and gas industry. In addition, these funds will cover costs to create and supply training labs.
In February 2011, Stark State received $10 million from the State of Ohio to build the new downtown Canton Satellite Center that will include training for the oil and gas industry. It is scheduled for completion in 2015.