YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State University on Monday hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Excellence Training Center on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Commerce Street.
The 54,000-square-foot center cost $12 million and was funded by $7 million in state capital dollars and $5 million from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and the Appalachian Regional Commission.
The center will provide training for students and displaced workers.
The center is part of the Mahoning Valley’s efforts to create a workforce development ecosystem to ensure skilled workers are available to meet the region’s growing advanced manufacturing needs, including automation, robotics, industrial maintenance, machining and 3D additive manufacturing.
“It’s the outcomes that come from this building that are key,” YSU President Jim Tressel said.