The state of Ohio recently announced the 13 recipients of the industry sector partnership grants. The Stark County Manufacturing Workforce Development Partnership (SCMWDP) was awarded the maximum amount of $100,000 for a “Spark Grant.” The Spark Grant provides seed funding for emerging sector partnerships to fund start-up activities and become self-sustaining.
SCMWDP is a collaborative effort formed in March 2021 between Stark County manufacturers, education and training providers, and community stakeholders who are invested in improving the county’s workforce. The funds will be used to build membership, promote manufacturing as a viable career pathway and conduct outreach and training for entry level careers in manufacturing.
According to Thomas Schmidt, Vice President, Business Development for Barbco, Inc., a manufacturer of capital equipment for the trenchless excavation, horizontal drilling and underground manufacturing industries, the Grant will help ensure that manufacturers have a voice and an active role in solving the challenges related to attracting, hiring, training, and retaining a qualified workforce.