FREMONT — Terra State Community College has received more than $300,000 in federal funds that will go toward its industrial electrical program, a college administrator said Wednesday.
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, announced earlier this week that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Terra State Community College a $349,535 grant to fund a business skills program in northwest Ohio.
According to a statement from Brown’s office, students entering this program will learn technical skills and learn about job opportunities in the manufacturing and electrical industries.
The project aims to better prepare students for opportunities in STEM-related career fields with relevant class work and industry experience.
Cory Stine, Terra State’s senior vice president of innovation and strategic planning, said the funds were used for curriculum reviews for the college’s industrial electrical programs.
Stine said Wednesday the federal money will be used to revamp Terra State’s industrial electrical programs program.
He said Michael Holewinski, a Terra State assistant professor in the college’s electrical programs, would lead the redesign.
“He oversees and guides the redesign of three electrical classes to better meet the needs of employers,” Stine said.
Stine said Holewinski will use the grant over three years to develop skills needed to help students in this electrical program.
He said that at the end of each course, students will go through a verification process to show employers that they have acquired the skills necessary to work in these companies.
“They chose electricity because it’s in high demand by local employers,” Stine said.