STEUBENVILLE — Eastern Gateway Community College is expanding its workforce training program with the opening of a new facility equipped with the equipment and resources to prepare students of different ages, including displaced workers , in several domains.
College leaders and staff were joined by state and local officials for a ribbon cutting Thursday to mark the opening of the EGCC Regional Workforce Building on Sunset Boulevard.
The center was largely funded by $836,332 in federal funds awarded through the Appalachian Regional Commission’s Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization grant program.
In addition, several computerized milling machines and lathes, used to create a wide variety of parts and tools, were acquired for the center through a $450,000 grant for the Department of Ohio Education.
Arthur Daly, senior vice president and chief development officer of EGCC, said 3D printers and two driving simulators will be added to the facility, which will offer instruction in additive manufacturing, industrial maintenance, phlebotomy and skills required for a commercial driver’s license.
EGCC President Michael Geoghegan told attendees: “We often say that the 21st century American workforce begins at Eastern Gateway. This building will help ensure that area residents have access to the credentials needed to be competitive in this workplace.
Geoghegan thanked the many people involved in securing funds and other support for the center. Among them were US Representative Bill Johnson, R-Marietta; the Governor’s Office of Appalachia and the Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association; Karla Martin, EGCC Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer; and the College’s Steubenville Campus Buildings and Grounds Department, which worked to prepare the former Hess Building for its new purpose.
State Rep. Ron Ferguson, R-Wintersville, Mayor Jerry Barilla and local school district leaders were among many area officials on hand to congratulate the college on its latest development.
Geno Taglione, human resources market manager for Trinity Health System, noted that the hospital has partnered with EGCC to train local students to fill much-needed vacancies for phlebotomists, nursing assistants and technicians. in pharmacy.
“Trinity Health System couldn’t be happier to have this program in our backyard,” he said.
Amelia Taggart, director of manpower at EGCC, noted that two Trinity staff members are teaching five Steubenville High School students about phlebotomy as part of a pilot program the college hopes to expand to d other school districts.
Before leading guests on a tour of the facility, Taggart introduced a dozen fourth grade girls from Pugliese Primary School involved in EGCC’s Women in Sustainable Employment program, designed to introduce young women to careers potential in industrial manufacturing.