By Chad Felton cfelton@news-herald.com @believethatcfnh on Twitter

State Reps. John M. Rogers, D-Mentor-On-The-Lake, and Jamie Callender, R-Concord Township, this week announced the state Controlling Board’s approval of two capital funding measures that include engineering building renovations and workforce-based training equipment for Lakeland Community College.

“These funds will help Lakeland (Community College) continue with its efforts to innovate and expand programs providing individuals with the necessary training to better prepare them for careers in emerging and high-demand industries,” Rogers said.

“With unemployment rates in Lake County amidst this current pandemic hovering around 15 percent, thousands of job opportunities in the area remain unfilled due to a lack of training or skill set.”

Rogers noted that workforce development grants are investments by the state that contribute to sustainable economic recovery and long-term success for both Ohio’s employers and working families across the region.

According to the officials, the funds will be distributed as follows:

  • $307,246 for Engineering Building renovations
  • $174,219 for Workforce-based training and equipment

“I’m proud today to announce the approval of this important funding which is going towards enhancing the educational experience of our local college students,” Callender said.

“Lakeland Community College is a tremendous resource for Lake County and the surrounding region,” he added. “These dollars will help ensure that in areas like engineering, our youth are prepared to work and be successful in today’s economy.”

Both items specified that the appropriations will be used to purchase equipment for the purpose of advancing both the renovations and the workforce-based training programs at Lakeland.

“Lakeland is tremendously grateful for the state’s investment in our infrastructure, which allows us to continue to prepare students with the up-to-date training and skills needed to support local manufacturers and Ohio’s workforce development,” said President Morris W. Beverage Jr.