Tolles using $530,000 grant for electrical and HVAC programs

(Posted March 13, 2024)

Tolles Career and Technical Center was among 56 Ohio schools to be awarded a state-funded Career Technical Education Equipment Grant earlier this month.

The $530,000 grant allows Tolles to purchase new robotics and construction-related equipment to ensure its students get first-hand experience with the latest technology.

“New technologies are transforming the economy, and to prepare students for those careers, we need to invest in the machinery, technologies, and training that educators need,” said Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted when announcing the grant recipients with Gov. Mike DeWine on March 4.

“Helping students graduate career-ready, equipped with the high-demand skills local businesses are seeking – and paying top-dollar to get – has been a hallmark of Tolles since its inception almost 50 years ago,” said Tolles Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley. “These funds will benefit our students by providing top-notch equipment for them to work with and set them up for future success.”

Hoadley said $450,000 of the grant funds will be allocated evenly between the school’s construction/electrical program and construction/HVAC program to purchase new equipment.

The remaining $80,000 will be used to purchase VEX robotics equipment to be distributed across Tolles’ career awareness satellite programs which currently reside in the rural associate districts of Madison-Plains, London, West Jefferson, Jonathan Alder and Fairbanks Local.

“This funding allows us to welcome even more students who are eager to dive into the electrical and HVAC fields,” Hoadley said. “It’s definitely a game-changer for us at Tolles and the future of career technical training.”

“Investing in our schools is an investment into our students’ futures,” DeWine said of the grant program which was included in the 2024-25 state operating budget. “Allowing more schools to purchase equipment so they can train more students will set them and our state up for success.”

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