Central State plans new workforce training center in Dayton with $3.6 million grant

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Graduates come from all over the country to visit the campus of Central State University. MARSHALL GORBYSTAFF

Graduates come from all over the country to visit the campus of Central State University.  MARSHALL GORBYSTAFF
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Graduates come from all over the country to visit the campus of Central State University. MARSHALL GORBYSTAFF

Workshops can be as short as five days or as long as three months, but students will come away with the qualifications needed to get jobs in manufacturing, IT or other industries, CSU officials said.

Central State’s Dayton campus, located at 840 Germantown Street, is located in an area of ​​the city of Dayton that lacks the most economic opportunity, said vice provost for research and project director Morakinyo Kuti.

“Underrepresented people, especially African Americans, have borne a disproportionate share of the negative health, economic, and educational outcomes of COVID-19,” CSU Chairman Jack Thomas said Thursday. . “These disparities have further widened the socio-economic gap that exists between African Americans and the majority population. Central State’s Workforce Training and Business Development Center will provide employment-related training and education programs to increase the ability of underrepresented people to obtain meaningful employment.

Central State contributed an additional $896,848 to establish the center. A Commerce Department statement says the company is expected to help fill 300 jobs and generate $1 million in private investment from companies looking to hire workers.

“There is a demand from employers for qualified people for vacant jobs,” Kuti said.

The university forecasts a 50% spike in enrollment in fall 2022, growing from around 2,000 to 3,000 students physically present on the Wilberforce campus, and a similar jump for online courses, from 4,000 students. at 7000.

“Ohio is proud to lead the nation in manufacturing innovation,” said US Senator Sherrod Brown. “Thanks to the U.S. bailout, this investment in Central State will help create hundreds of jobs and prepare the workers Ohio needs to compete. Central State is one of the best universities in Ohio and I’m glad to see its strength recognized.

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