Eastern Gateway Community College received an $836,332 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) grant Wednesday. 

The funding will be used to establish the Tri-State Gateway to Growth Training Center in Steubenville, OH. That center will educate a competitive workforce in advanced manufacturing in a 12-county region in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

Manufacturing programs being offered include welding, machining, electronics, pneumatics, hydraulics, and industrial maintenance, logistics, and energy industries.

The area that will be served by the new center has experienced declines in coal mining employment as well as the closure of a coal-fired power plant. Over the three-year grant period, it is estimated that at least 650 workers/trainees and 120 students will obtain new positions or enhance their current ones, and six businesses will be improved.

"The downturn of the coal market has been devastating to Appalachian communities, especially those that relied on coal extraction and related supply chains for generations. POWER grants are playing a critical role in supporting these communities as they diversify economies, invest in growth-oriented infrastructure, train a next-generation workforce, and ingrain resiliency and hope into their local fabric," said ARC Federal Co-Chairman Tim Thomas. "Ensuring a prosperous future in coal-impacted communities is something Appalachia will do together. I am very proud of the leadership and innovation shown by this round of POWER grantees."

Congressman Ryan sent a letter of support for EGCC's ARC POWER grant in March 2019.

"This ARC POWER grant will help hundreds of workers and students in Northeast Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, and West Virginia get the skills and training they need to be successful in emerging industries. With the closure of GM Lordstown and the downturn of the coal economy, there is a ready pool of trainees eager to learn new skills and get back to work. We have a responsibility to ensure our workers and their families are not left behind, and the training center at Eastern Gateway Community College is an integral part of making that happen. I applaud EGCC for receiving this grant and thank ARC for their continued efforts to help our workers, economy, and community," said Congressman Ryan.