Ohio Legislative Service Commission
Regionally Aligned Priorities in Delivering Skills (RAPIDS) Program. RAPIDS grants
provide funding for capital equipment and facilities used to train students and current
workers for the specific workforce requirements of varying regions throughout the
state. This round of grants was awarded to institutions in the West, Central, and
Northern Appalachia regions. Each region was allocated a total of about $974,000. A
brief description of each region's grant recipients and activities is provided below.
Central region. Central Ohio Technical College, Columbus State Community
College, and Marion Technical College will focus on supporting regional healthcare,
information technology, and manufacturing.
Northern Appalachia region. Belmont College, Eastern Gateway Community
College, Washington State Community College, and Zane State College will focus on
the oil and gas and healthcare industries by providing equipment, developing
curriculum and career pathways for students, improving credit articulation, and
strengthening business partnerships with local employers.
West region. Central State University, Clark State Community College, Edison
Community College, Sinclair Community College, and Wright State University will
focus on improving education and training in the health care and cybersecurity fields
through two consortiums. Under both arrangements, participating institutions will
share equipment and technology.
Overall, S.B. 310 of the 131st General Assembly appropriated $8.0 million in
capital funding for the program to DHE. Additional regions will receive awards as
strategic plans are submitted and approved.
BWC Awards $406,000 to Fire Departments Under
New Gear and Equipment Grant Program
Terry Steele, Senior Budget Analyst, 614-387-3319
On October 13, 2017, the Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) issued
406,270 in grants to 38 fire departments under a new initiative aimed at reducing
firefighters' exposure to toxic environmental elements. The newly created Firefighter
Exposure to Environmental Elements Grant Program provides $2.0 million in each fiscal
year of the FY 2018-FY 2019 biennium to help fire departments purchase safety gear and
equipment designed to protect firefighters from contact with carcinogens and other
dangers encountered during the course of duty. Eligible gear and equipment includes
diesel exhaust systems, washing machines for turn-out gear, hoods with barrier
protection, and washable gloves.
The Firefighter Exposure to Environmental Elements Grant Program is a
component of BWC's ongoing Safety Intervention Grant Program that is overseen by
the Division of Safety and Hygiene. Eligible firefighting agencies (public, private, and