Tri-C awarded state
funding to strengthen Manufacturing Program
CLEVELAND, Feb. 25, 2020:
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®)
will be able to purchase high-tech training equipment for a
smart manufacturing lab thanks to funding approved by the Ohio
The state awarded Tri-C nearly $265,000 to outfit a machining
training center that will serve as the lab’s centerpiece.
Planned equipment for the lab includes robotic machine-tending
devices and hydraulic and pneumatic systems with solenoids and
The funding will help College training programs keep pace with
technological advancements in the ever-changing manufacturing
industry. Learning on the latest equipment is critical for
upskilling Northeast Ohio workers.
The purchases are funded by the Ohio Department of Higher
Education’s Regionally Aligned Priorities in Delivering Skills
(RAPIDS) program. The collaborative program targets workforce
programs at public universities, community colleges and career
Tri-C joined with Cleveland State University and
Lorain County Community College in the regional application
for funding. Combined, CSU and Lorain received approximately
$452,000 from the state.
Ohio Chancellor Randy Gardner said the RAPIDS program has
helped different regions in Ohio address their most pressing
workforce needs for in-demand jobs. The state awarded $8 million
across nine regions.
“When businesses and our higher education institutions are asked
to work together to develop strategic plans for using these
funds, it provides students with more opportunities for success
while strengthening the regional workforce and Ohio’s economy,”
This is the fourth round of regional awards since the RAPIDS
program launched in 2014.