WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a $500,000 grant to Adams County for a Workforce Development Training Center. These funds will go toward the renovation of a 15,100 square foot former grocery store. Renovations include new HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and classroom space.

“This workforce development center will provide students and residents the training they need to pursue new opportunities and help meet the needs of the community and existing workforce,” Brown said. “This investment will have a significant economic impact in Adams County and help workers secure jobs in emerging industries.”

The training center will provide programs in welding, computer numeric controlled (CNC) programming, licensed practical nurse (LPN) training, and nursing assistant classes. To staff and operate the facility, Adams County is partnering with the Scioto County Career Technical Center. Adams County anticipates that 230 students will receive training within the first year and five businesses within the surrounding area will benefit from this newly trained workforce.

ARC is an economic development agency of the federal government with the mission to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in the Appalachian region.