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Nick Grosklos is shown holding a crankshaft while working on a motor at the Washington County Career Center.

Nick Grosklos took the Washington County Career Center by storm by maximizing his scholarships and completing his program debt-free.

“I feel like I accomplished something. I don’t have to be worried about paying off debt for the next 20 (to) 30 years,” said Grosklos, 21, of Lowell.

Grosklos received two scholarships to make this happen. He said upon the realization that a traditional college was not for him, he thought he would try his hand at a trade school. He’s enrolled in the one-year industrial maintenance program on the adult technical training side of the center.

Industrial maintenance technicians install, repair and maintain commercial or industrial machinery. Technicians can find job opportunities in aviation, construction, electronics, energy, food and manufacturing. Industrial maintenance employees are in high demand due to the amount of people retiring.

After Grosklos graduated Fort Frye High School, he took the Ramsay, a maintenance test, and received a JobsOhio industrial maintenance grant which paid for his tuition. The Washington County Career Center is allowed 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 flexible magnet manufacturer in the United States. He applied for the Ohio Means Internships and Cooperatives (OMIC) grant, which subsidizes his wages.

“He’s like the poster child of what we aspire to be in adult tech,” said Tony Huffman, the Career Center’s director of adult technical training.

The Career Center has its medical and maintenance students apply for Pell and WOIA grants. Huffman said there is about a 65 percent rate of students who receive some kind of non-repaid federal aid. He thinks it will be closer to 80 percent with the new MOV Works Scholarship, which is available to West Virginia and Ohio residents in Adult Technical Training programs. If an applicant’s tuition is not fully paid for, they can receive up to 50 percent of the program cost.

“Our goal is to give folks money to go to school,” said Huffman.

Huffman said Grosklos is a hard worker who is doing well in school and his internship.

“He’s graduating without any debt and a job,” he said.

Grosklos has returned to school for his final quarter. He is excited because he gets to take “fun” classes like welding and preventive maintenance this quarter. He is already learning preventive maintenance at his internship.

“Preventive maintenance is making sure the machines run a long time without shutting down,” he said.

Grosklos believes he has a good balance between his internship and school life.

“A lot of what I’m learning in my classes have to do with the work I’m doing,” he said.

He is thankful for his mother, Michelle Grosklos, who is the assistant to the superintendent at the Career Center. She learned about the grants through work and helped him apply for them.

“It’s an amazing opportunity for learning an industrial maintenance trade,” Michelle Grosklos said.

Grosklos’ parents, Patrick and Michelle, realize that a traditional college is not for everyone.

“He understands more now that when you get certified in a trade there will be a job out there,” said Patrick Grosklos.

More information about the Career Center, its programs and scholarship opportunities are available at or by calling 740-373-2766.

James Dobbs can be reached at [email protected]

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