Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $1 Million to Youngstown State University

Jun 15, 2017 Issues: Helping Working Families, Manufacturing

Youngstown, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan today announced a $1 million Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant to Youngstown State University (YSU) in Youngstown, Ohio, for the Excellence Training Center project. This grant will allow YSU to renovate a facility to house the Excellence Training Center, which will be an advanced manufacturing education and workforce training facility that will benefit a 14-county, three-state region across Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. The center will be a shared-use facility assessable 24/7 with a manufacturing training lab and group project and workroom space supporting displaced workers, students, manufacturers, and entrepreneurs. The center will help address regional employment problems caused by the transitioning economy by providing requisite hands-on training for high-demand advanced manufacturing skills, creating a pipeline of trained workers. It is expected the project will train 200 workers and create or retain 188 jobs. State funding will be matching the ARC grant for a total project investment of $2.1 million. This project is part of a total package of $15.7 Million for 18 projects in seven states. 

“I am thrilled to see this crucial investment being made here at Youngstown State. This important injection of capital will have a lasting impact not only in the Valley and the 14 county region that is served, but nationally as this center of excellence is used as a tool to chart a path forward for students in the new American economy. The skills that will be cultivated in this Excellence Training Center will have immediate impact in students’ lives,” said Congressman Ryan. “I’ve said many times, the importance of the investments made by the ARC cannot be understated and I am personally offended that President Trump is seeking to would eliminate this important program. As long as I am a member of Congress, I will fight against proposed cuts from the Administration to make sure it is empowered to continue engaging in life-saving development work like this across Appalachia, a region in desperate need of help." 

“Youngstown State University’s Excellence Training Center will bring a broad spectrum of advanced manufacturing career  development resources to the Mahoning Valley. Along with our partners from Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition, Eastern Gateway Community College, Youngstown Business Incubator, and Youngstown City and Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana Career and Technical Centers, we look forward to providing advanced manufacturing  education, training, and workforce development for the region,” said Jim Tressel, President of Youngstown State University.

“Each one of these awards is a blueprint for new jobs, fresh opportunities, and a robust economic future for Ohio.” said ARC Federal Co-Chairman Earl F. Gohl.  “Together, these investments bring added capital into the Region, and help Appalachia prepare to globally compete in manufacturing, technology, construction, and a variety of other industry sectors.”

Regional partners for the project include: Eastern Gateway Community College, Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition, Youngstown Business Incubator, the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, and regional workforce development boards.