Portman Applauds $836,000 ARC POWER Grant to Eastern Gateway Community College
Grant Will Fund Construction of New Job Training Center
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) awarded an $836,332 Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) grant to Eastern Gateway Community College in Steubenville, Ohio to construct the Tri-State Gateway Growth Training Center. POWER grants are a congressionally funded initiative that targets federal resources to help communities and regions that have been affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries due to the changing economics of America's energy production. This facility will provide job-training to Ohioans seeking to fill today’s in-demand jobs. This includes offering Commercial Driver’s Licenses, National Incident Management System credentials, and technical training for jobs in the growing Ohio oil and gas industry. Portman issued the following statement on the announcement of the grant:
“When I visited Eastern Gateway Community College this summer, I heard from students and faculty about the need to provide more people with access to the technical training and certification needed to fill the jobs that are available in today’s economy. The Tri-State Gateway Growth Training Center will do just that, and thanks to this ARC POWER grant this important facility can be constructed more quickly. These funds will help ensure Southeastern Ohioans have the opportunity to pursue the skills necessary for the jobs available today.”
NOTE: Earlier this year, Portman sent a letter to ARC urging the awarding of this grant to Eastern Gateway College.