Plans are progressing for a new natural gas-oil drilling training center and satellite academic center in downtown Canton for Stark State College.
The facility is scheduled to open in January, said college spokeswoman Irene Lewis Motts.
On July 28, the Ohio Controlling Board released nearly $2.6 million in two grants to renovate what’s officially called the Downtown Canton Satellite Center.
The two grants for $2.6 million are part of $10 million pledged two years ago by the state of Ohio.
Purchasing the Cornerstone Building at 400 Third St. NE in Canton cost about $4.9 million, Lewis Motts said.
The building was formerly used by Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy as its regional offices. It has since moved into new offices in Louisville.
The college, based in Jackson Township, has been offering classes for more than five years at Timken High School in downtown Canton.
The Cornerstone Building sits next to the new Well Site Training Center with outdoor well equipment and a 7,000-square-foot building at Cherry and Third streets NE. It cost about $1.3 million and is to dedicated later this month.
Stark State had earlier gotten a $2.76 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to develop the curriculum to train workers for the developing Utica shale in eastern Ohio.
The college is part of a four-school consortium to develop and implement the first-ever national curriculum for shale oil and gas. That effort was aided by a $500,000 grant from the Timken Foundation and financial support from U.S. drillers.
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