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EGCC to benefit from Capital Bills Passage

Updated: Thursday, March 27 2014, 12:50 PM EDT
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio-- According to a press release from the office of state Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire), The Ohio House of Representatives voted for the passage of the states capital appropriations bill, House Bill 497.
Cera, who voted in favor of the proposal, noted that the funds are used for facility projects around the state.
The Capital Bill allocates $454.5 million for higher education. Eastern Gateway Community College will receive $1.5 million to help with renovations to the Welding Laboratory and Health Wing, replacing the fire system, and renovations to the General Science labs.  
A new ventilation system that removes smoke and make it safer for the students, welding instructor Gary Coulter said.
The money would be used to reconfigure the welding lab to help meet the extreme demand for those seeking to learn the welding trade.

We're re looking at upping our stations from 26 to 40 so we can meet that need with both short and long term training, Ann Koon said.

As for the health wing, Ann Koon with EGCC said that upgrades would help to establish a new lab in existing space at the college.

Licensed practical nurses come in and earn their associates degree and become RNs and that will be in big demand also, Koon said.

While the bill is still making its way through the legislative process, students we spoke to hope it passes so that new students will be attracted to the college.

We've been told the baby boomer generation is going to be retiring and they really need these technical skills," welding student, Christina Werkin said.

There's always those in demand programs where we're looking to stay on the cutting edge with new equipment and facilities to offer better training to our students," Koon said.

In addition to EGCC, The Ohio University- Eastern branch will receive $750,000 for parking lot repairs and roof repairs/ replacements; Belmont Technical College will receive $900,000 for priority maintenance renovations.  

Meanwhile, the Grand Theater in Steubenville, Ohio would also receive $140,000 to help defray costs associated with the renovations taking place at that facility.  
House Bill 497, the Capital Bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

EGCC to benefit from Capital Bills Passage

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