Council approves changes to skilled labor award

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By Andrea Cordle
Grove City Editor

Grove City Council has made some changes to the city’s skilled labor award. The changes, approved at the Sept. 8 meeting, are designed to expand the program, and provide more opportunities for residents.

The original legislation allowed awards of $700 per year for those who have been accepted into a trade school or apprentice program, with a maximum of $2,100 per student. The amendment approved by council allows students to receive $700 per term, instead of per year. The maximum amount for a student remains the same.

The language of the award was also softened, to include those seeking a licensure or certification in a skilled trade occupation and/or an apprenticeship program.

Amy Schakat, a committee member of the Grove City Higher Education Investment Program and the coordinator of career-technical programs at South-Western City Schools, said this amendment to the award could help students fund equipment, certification, and tools for the job.

“Workers in the skilled trades are essential,” said Schakat. “This will provide more opportunities.”

The skilled labor award is designed to assist Grove City residents seeking a career in a skilled trade, like an electrician, mechanic, or plumber. This is part of the city’s Higher Education Investment Program.

Any resident in the city of Grove City corporation limits may apply if they have been accepted into an education program leading to a license or certification in a skilled trade and/or an apprenticeship program. The program must be approved by the state of Ohio and approved by the city’s higher education committee.

“The need is high in the skilled trade industry,” said councilman Ted Berry. “This is the only program like this in the country.”

There is also a volunteer component to the award. The applicant must complete the equivalent of 2.5 volunteer service hours per month for each term to the city through the Keep Grove City Beautiful program, the VIP program or volunteer at the Gardens at Gantz or the Citizens Police Academy. The idea behind this is to maintain skilled trade workers as Grove City residents and have them contribute to the community.

For more information on the skilled labor award, visit www.grovecityohio.gov. Applications must be mailed to the Clerk of Council, at City Hall, 4035 Broadway in Grove City or dropped off in-person. The deadline to apply for the winter/spring term is Nov. 1.

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