Clark State College has been awarded $99,990.00 by the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) through the Short-Term Certificate Grant Program.
The grant supports providing need-based financial aid to in-state students who are enrolled in a program that may be completed in less than one year.
The ODHE stated that (Clark State) students earning a certificate or industry-recognized credential in an in-demand job because of this award will help improve Ohio’s workforce development capacity to strengthen business and educate future Ohio workers.
“We are excited to have been awarded the Short-Term Certificate Program grant that will provide much needed financial assistance to in-state students enrolled in programs that can be completed in less than one year,” said Dr. Tiffany Hunter, Provost and vice president of academic affairs at Clark State. “This grant will allow students to earn certificates or an industry recognized credential in an in-demand field that will enable students to contribute to the Ohio workforce at an accelerated rate.”
Hunter said students can receive the funds more than once, which will allow them to earn more than one certificate or credential. Funds from the grant are available immediately. Students may receive up to $3000.
“This grant will truly have a positive impact on our students, the community, and our Ohio workforce as a whole,” she said.
The programs selected for these scholarships represent industries in the area facing a great need for skilled workers, including advanced manufacturing, healthcare, sales, information technology, transportation/logistics, addiction treatment, and food service. These scholarships will benefit both individual workers looking to make a better living for themselves and their families as well as businesses looking to fill skills gaps.
Clark State aims to also support employers through the Short Term Certificate Program; all are sectors are all currently struggling to find skilled, trained workers to fill vacancies. Short-term training programs help to fill these vacancies or upskill current employees quickly to ensure these industries have the support they need to keep functioning.
“Training budgets are tight right now so being able to have some funding to assist those get the training they need is a big deal for our area,” said Gerritt Smith, director of Clark State Workforce and Business Solutions.