Nick Grosklos has taken the Washington County Career Center by storm by maximizing his scholarships and finishing his program debt free.
“I feel like I’ve accomplished something. I don’t have to worry about repaying my debts for the next 20 (to) 30 years ”, said Grosklos, 21, of Lowell.
Grosklos received two scholarships to achieve this. He said that upon realizing that a traditional college was not for him, he thought he would try his hand at a trades school. He is enrolled in the one-year industrial maintenance program on the technical training side of adults at the center.
Industrial maintenance technicians install, repair and maintain commercial or industrial machinery. Technicians can find employment opportunities in aviation, construction, electronics, energy, food and manufacturing. Industrial maintenance workers are in high demand due to the number of people retiring.
After graduating from Fort Frye High School, Grosklos took the Ramsay, a maintenance test, and received a JobsOhio industrial maintenance grant that paid for his tuition. The Washington County Career Center is authorized to award this grant after students apply for the Ohio Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WOIA) and Federal Pell Grants.
Grosklos is employed by Magnum Magnetics, the largest manufacturer of flexible magnets in the United States. He applied for the Ohio Means Internships and Cooperatives (OMIC) scholarship, which subsidizes his salary.
“He’s like the poster child of what we aspire to be in adult tech,” said Tony Huffman, director of adult technical education at the Career Center.
The Career Center asks its medical and maintenance students to apply for the Pell and WOIA scholarships. Huffman said there were about 65% of students receiving some kind of federal aid with no repayment. He believes it will be closer to 80% with the new MOV Works scholarship, which is available to residents of West Virginia and Ohio in adult tech training programs. If a candidate’s tuition fees are not fully paid, they can receive up to 50 percent of the cost of the program.
“Our goal is to give people money to go to school”, Huffman said.
Huffman said Grosklos is a hard worker who is doing well in school and his internship.
“He graduated without any debt and without a job” he said.
Grosklos returned to school for his last shift. He is excited because he takes “amusing” courses like welding and preventive maintenance this quarter. He is already learning preventive maintenance during his internship.
“Preventive maintenance consists of ensuring that machines run for a long time without stopping” he said.
Grosklos thinks he has a good balance between his internship and his school life.
“Much of what I learn in my classes is related to the work I do” he said.
He is grateful to his mother, Michelle Grosklos, who is the assistant director of the Career Center. She learned about the grants through work and helped him apply for them.
“It’s a great opportunity to learn an industrial maintenance trade,” Michelle Grosklos said.
Grosklos’ parents, Patrick and Michelle, realize that a traditional middle school isn’t for everyone.
“He now understands better that when you get certified in a trade, there will be a job there,” said Patrick Grosklos.
More information about the Career Center, its programs and scholarship opportunities are available at https://www.mycareerschool.com or by calling 740-373-2766.
James Dobbs can be contacted at [email protected]