Snyder gets $200,000 grant for Greene County Career and Technology Center

‘Every student in this building is going to benefit,’ says top administrator

CARMICHAELS, May 9 – A $200,000 state grant announced today by state Rep. Pam Snyder fulfills in one fell swoop the equipment purchasing and replacement needs of the Greene County Career and Technology Center under a five-year plan devised by Administrative Director Mark Krupa.

Krupa, who joined Snyder at a GCCTC news conference, said the funding Snyder obtained through the Department of Education will allow for simultaneous upgrades that benefit 330 students in 12 instructional programs, plus allow expanded adult education.

“Every program and every student in this building is going to benefit,” Krupa said. “Pam’s been absolutely instrumental in doing this. She came to the school, she walked around with me, she listened to me discuss the struggles that we have. And we ended up investing in the community.”

Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the importance of vocational and technical training as high schoolers and adults prepare for jobs in the current and future economies cannot be underestimated.

“These jobs require specialized training – and you can’t receive cutting-edge training using outdated equipment,” Snyder said. “This became a top priority of mine, and I thank the Department of Education for recognizing the need to do something big and bold to elevate vo-tech training in Greene County.”

Snyder said approximately half of the $200,000 will allow the school to purchase a new, modern and reliable paint booth for its Automotive Collision Repair Technology Program, something Krupa has been unable to do for years with his limited financial resources.

“For years we’ve been trying to get a new paint booth. This grant made it possible to get one,” Krupa said.

Snyder and Krupa said other equipment purchases made possible by the state grant include:

  • Welder, bevelling machine and helmets for the Welding and Fabrication Program.

  • Toolroom lathe for the Precision Lab and Machining Program.

  • Rack system for the Sports Medicine and Rehabilitative Therapy Program.

  • Range and smoker oven for the Culinary Arts Program.

  • Styling chairs for the Cosmetology Program.

  • Cut-off machine for the Building Construction and Occupation Program.

  • Spreader, cutter, power unit, push-pull arm and related items for the Emergency and Protective Services Program, which includes training in EMS, firefighting and rescue.

Also on hand for the news conference were Greene County Commissioners Blair Zimmerman, Dave Coder and Archie Trader; Todd Keiffer, GCCTC auto collision instructor; Greene County school district superintendents; GCCTC board members; and several of the vo-tech school’s students and business partners.