A new technology center will be built at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center

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CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – An innovative new technology center is to be built at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center (MCCTC) in Canfield.

Board members approved the $1.1 million expansion of the Center for Labor and Energy Technology Training and awarded the construction contract to J. Herbert Construction. A grand opening is scheduled for October 18.

The new facility will be called Energy Center and will serve as a technology training hub for the school, targeting traditional and progressive energy systems and to “enhance” and innovate worker training across the valley, according to administrators.

Superintendent John Zehentbauer said funding for construction came from a combination of local dollars, the capital budget and the county commissioner.

“Now is the perfect time for this project and it will allow the Career Center to continue to meet the training needs of our region’s workforce,” he said.

Planned training courses include teaching students how to install and maintain electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, maintaining and training EVs to gain experience in understanding and working with traditional and non-traditional food systems and related fields.

Commissioners recently awarded the MCCTC $218,000 to install new electric vehicle charging stations that can be used by students and the surrounding community.

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