NCST ribbon cutting set for Nov. 11

EAST LIVERPOOL — The New Castle School of Trades, located in New Castle, Pa., is announcing the grand opening and ribbon cutting for its downtown campus at 1 p.m. Nov. 11.

“We are excited to share our new training facility with the community,” President Rex Spaulding said in making the announcement.

The school recently completed renovation of the old Ogilvie and Woolworth department stores on Fifth Street in the downtown, and Spaulding said, “It has been nearly five years since we set the wheels in motion on this project. The cooperation of the city, county and PNC Bank has been critical in making all the funding sources fit together.”

Initially, the school plans to offer four training programs: commercial truck driving; electrical and industrial maintenance; refrigeration and climate control; and combination welding.

Financial aid will be available to those who qualify, and job placement assistance is available to graduates of the programs.

The New Castle School of Trades was founded in 1945 and, over the years, has served the demands of employers and the needs of graduates by matching skills.

“We believe emphasis must be placed on attitude, appearance, academics and accountability. These five ‘A’s are the timeless guiding principles that lead to the success of our graduates,” Spaulding said.

“The New Castle School of Trades has been critical in ensuring a competent workforce is available to the employers in the Mahoning Valley and Western Pennsylvania for many years, and we know that we can make a difference in the East Liverpool community,” Spaulding added.

School officials have said they believe the necessary regulatory approvals will be in place to begin enrolling students within the next couple of weeks.