West Branch Local Schools Awarded $100,000 for Expansion and Renovation of Wood Shop
West Branch Local Schools is thrilled to announce that it has been awarded $100,000 from the Mahoning County Board of Commissioners. This substantial financial support will be used to fund the expansion and renovation of our educational facilities, specifically focused on enhancing programs for in-demand educational and workforce training. Though the $100,000 does not cover the entire cost of the project, it is a great start to get the project underway.
The Mahoning County Board of Commissioners recognized the critical need to invest in the future of our community by supporting educational institutions like West Branch Local Schools. This award demonstrates their commitment to empowering our students and workforce to excel in today's competitive job market.
The funds from this award will be allocated towards the following key initiative:
Expansion and Renovation of Current Facilities: The school district has acquired new equipment to be used in the wood shop classroom. However, the equipment has outgrown the space, and with this grant West Branch Local Schools will be able to expand the current woodshop space to better accommodate the needs of the students and community of West Branch Local Schools.
The project will specifically allow West Branch and its partners to increase the number of students and adult residents with access to in-demand job training and upskilling programming related to high-demand construction and related skilled trades occupations in the Mahoning Valley. The education/training offerings are focused on preparing the talent pipeline and upskilling adult Mahoning County residents, with emphasis on those who have been measurably impacted and experiencing educational accessibility and economic disparities or hardships resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
West Branch Local Schools is immensely grateful to the Mahoning County Board of Commissioners for their vision and commitment to education and workforce development in our region. This award represents a significant step towards providing our students with the resources they need to excel and contribute positively to our community's growth.
Below: Photos of Superintendent Micki Egli with Commissioners David Ditzler (photo 1), Carol Rimedio-Righetti (photo 2), and Anthony Traficanti (photo 3).