Cuyahoga Community College receives funding for Westlake campus expansion
State Representative Nan Baker has announced that the State Controlling Board recently approved the release of $800,000 to Cuyahoga Community College for the purchase of 5.84 acres of real estate in Westlake. The project is part of the future expansion of the Workforce Training Center and additional credit classrooms at the college’s Westshore campus.
“This appropriation will help to strengthen workforce development within the 16th House District and better prepare college graduates for the highly competitive workforce,” said Rep. Baker.
The Westshore region is comprised of cities including Westlake, Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Olmsted and Rocky River. This region is experiencing rapid growth as hundreds of businesses have opened, expanded or relocated to the area. The area’s ongoing economic growth is strongly tied to its ability to supply a highly trained workforce to its businesses and industry.
Cuyahoga Community College’s Westshore campus is the college’s fastest growing operation, with an enrollment growth of 18 percent in the past year alone. The campus expansion calls for continued growth of credit class offerings, with immediate emphasis on new general classrooms, engineering and STEM programs.
The college plans to construct a 50,000 square foot Workforce Training Center on the purchased properties, which will provide hands-on technical and simulated training environments. It will concentrate the new facility’s educational resources in four major areas: information technology, health care, manufacturing/advanced technology/pre-engineering and hospitality/culinary. The new workforce training center will strengthen the relationship between higher education and the community by preparing individuals for employment, providing skills to retain employment, and developing workforce abilities to meet emerging industry needs.
Shannon Boston is the Deputy Director of Communications of the Ohio House of Representatives