Wind Energy Research and Development Center Wins Funding – On Friday, October 15, the Ohio Third Frontier Commission and Advisory Board announced $2.1 million in grant funding for the creation of the Wind Energy Research and Development Center to be located at Stark State College. The assistance from the State of Ohio also includes a $1.5 million loan from the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority’s Advance Energy Jobs Stimulus Program. The Ohio Third Frontier funding is contingent upon final funding from Ohio Air Quality. The Wind Energy Research and Development Center represents a public-private partnership that brings together Stark State College, The Timken Company, the Stark County Port Authority, and the Stark Development Board. The total investment in the 12,000 sq.ft. facility and in equipment will be over $11.0 million. The Wind Energy Research and Development Center will be a test center for wind turbines and will be operated by The Timken Company. The center will have a unique capability to assemble and test full–scale bearings systems under real world application weight loads and environmental conditions. Dr. John O’Donnell, President of Stark State College, said that the new research and development center will enable our college, students, and corporate partners to conduct critical research, development and testing of large wind turbine bearing systems and will serve as an important magnet for wind energy industrial collaborators throughout the world. To read more about the announcement, click on this Ohio Department of Development news release.
Stark State College’s Growth in Enrollment Exceeds All Other Ohio Public Colleges and Universities – Already one of the fastest growing two–year colleges in the nation, Stark State is the clear winner in Ohio. The Ohio Board of Regents released figures that Stark State has grown faster than any other state college or university over the last ten years. From 2000 to 2009, Stark State’s enrollment increased 169%, compared to 25% for the university system of Ohio. From 2008 to 2009, Stark State’s enrollment increased 33% compared to 8% for the system as a whole. To read more about this growth, click on this Stark Education Partnership article.