Bill Johnson Announces ARC Grant for Belmont College
Award for $281,603
WASHINGTON – Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) today announced the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) awarded Belmont College a grant through the Advanced Welding Workforce Initiative:
This morning, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) announced five grant awards as part of the Advanced Welding Workforce Initiative (AWWI), a partnership to invest $1 million in education and training for advanced technical workers in Appalachia. One of the five grants was awarded to Belmont College in St. Clairsville.
“I am thrilled that ARC has selected Belmont College to be a recipient of this grant,” Bill Johnson said. “The Appalachian Regional Commission has proven time and again that it is vital to Eastern and Southeastern Ohio, and this grant will launch additional efforts to further expand economic opportunities right here at home.”
The school will use its award of $281,603 to partner with Eastern Gateway Community College and the Ohio Mid-East Career and Technology Center to launch the Eastern Ohio Appalachia Pipe Welding and Fabrication Project. This regional approach will equip advanced welders with specialized skills required by natural gas and combined-cycle power plants, and growing sectors like oil and gas and metal fabrication. The proposed ethane cracker plant in Belmont County will need hundreds of these qualified workers.
Since its founding in 1965, the ARC has helped to create thousands of jobs, slashed the number of high-poverty counties in Appalachia, and invested in programs to develop a ready workforce, improve economic opportunities, and support infrastructure projects. ARC’s commitment to build community capacity and innovation on a local level is helping to put rural Ohio on a level playing field with the rest of the country.