Clyde Announces State Funds For Workforce Development, KSU Projects
Investments include advanced manufacturing training & Taylor Hall redesign
October 17, 2016
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State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today announced over $800,000 in state investments for two projects at Kent State University, including the purchase of advanced manufacturing training equipment and funds for the Taylor Hall building renovations project.

“The RAPIDS Program in Northeast Ohio partners area manufacturers with Kent State to train local workers in the next generation of advanced technologies, including 3D printing,” said Rep. Clyde. “With these new skills, workers will have the training they need to do the job on day one.”

Kent State was awarded the Northeast Central Ohio Region Advanced Manufacturing grant for the RAPIDS Program, a statewide workforce development program aimed at equipping regional industries and their workers with advanced training and technical skills. $140,000 in state RAPIDS grants will be used to purchase advanced manufacturing training equipment, including 3D printers, to meet the current and emerging needs of manufacturers and workers in the region.

The remaining $693,000 in state funds will be used for renovations to Taylor Hall, which will house the Kent State University School of Visual Communications Design when completed. Proposed upgrades include increased ADA accessibility, general building updates and improved energy efficiency.

“Upgrades to Taylor Hall will afford students the opportunity to hone their skills in a state-of-the-art learning space,” added Rep. Clyde. “The new, collaborative environment will allow the School of Visual Communications Design to grow into a leader in the field nationwide.”

Rep. Clyde represents the 75th Ohio House District, serving Kent, Ravenna, Streetsboro, and central and southern Portage County.  

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