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LCCC receives grant to provide apprenticeships

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ELYRIA — Lorain County Community College is one of 23 recipients of a federal grant for apprenticeship programs.

The college, in collaboration with the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, will manage a $12 million award from the U.S. Department of Labor to prepare workers through new apprenticeship programs, with a focus on advanced manufacturing; $500,000 a year for the four years will go to LCCC to cover its managerial role and work with employers to expand apprenticeship opportunities in the area.

As the lead applicant for the statewide initiative, LCCC will help 5,000 Ohioans over the next four years via Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs.

There are 28 other partners throughout the state working with LCCC as part of the Ohio TechNet, a statewide manufacturing talent group the college has led since 2014, as well as several regional and national workforce organizations and professional organizations.

All of these partners make up the Ohio Manufacturing Workforce Partnership, according to a news release from the college.

The project will focus on providing career pathways in advanced manufacturing positions, including Industry 4.0 and cybersecurity. The partnership, according to the release, has secured commitments from Ohio manufacturers to train more than 2,300 apprentices.

Manufacturers interested in the program can call LCCC at (440) 366-4215.

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