About Us

Consortium-Level Strategic Focus

Ohio TechNet launched in 2014 as the result of a $15 million Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant made to Lorain County Community College on behalf of a statewide consortium of 18 community colleges and one university.  This consortium works closely with multiple government agencies, workforce and community partners.

Ohio TechNet is helping to transform the way in which higher education works with employers to better align training and education with manufacturing workforce needs in Ohio. Ohio TechNet partners are modeling or replicating innovative strategies that accelerate the readiness for workers who are in transition to fill in-demand, skilled jobs in advanced manufacturing. To meet state goals and industry needs, the colleges will focus on training in the high-need areas of Welding, CNC/Machining, Industrial Maintenance, Digital Fabrication/Industrial Automation, and Occupational Safety.


Recognized on The Manufacturing Institute’s M-List


Many of Ohio TechNet’s partner colleges are recognized on the Manufacturing Institute’s M-List ,  acknowledging that these schools are teaching manufacturing students to industry standards. Specifically, these colleges offer students the opportunity to earn NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certifications as a standard part of their manufacturing education programs.

Ohio TechNet’s Focus Areas

CNC Machining

CNC / Machining

Digital Fabrication

Digital Fabrication & Industrial Automation

Industrial Maintenance

Industrial Maintenance


Occupational Safety




Shaping Future Policy


Ohio TechNet is part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program, a multiyear, nearly $2 billion investment in community colleges nationwide to expand targeted training programs for transitioning adults, especially veterans, the under-employed and those impacted by foreign trade. The TAACCCT initiative is key to solving the nation’s skills gap.

The funding provided to Ohio TechNet is the only state-wide consortium investment made in Ohio. It leverages $40M in TAACCCT investments to Ohio’s community colleges from 2010 – 2014. In addition to the Ohio TechNet consortium schools, Clark State, North Central State and Northwest State also received TAACCCT funding in Ohio. Our results will shape future policy and investments.


Expected Outcomes


  • Expand access to job-driven training for advanced manufacturing
  • Transform the way which higher education works with employers
  • Increase percentage of workers in transition who have heightened awareness and exposure to careers available in manufacturing
  • Strengthen pipeline of qualified workers entering into manufacturing careers
  • Reduction in manufacturing skills shortages
  • A demand-driven structure to guide manufacturing workforce priorities


Relationship to Industry Demand


  • Manufacturing in Ohio accounts for 17% of the total state output
    • Total output: $98.69 billion (2014.)
    • Total manufacturing employees: 690,600 (2015) or 13% of workforce
    • Average annual compensation: $69,551 (2013)
  • Thousands of manufacturing jobs go unfilled.
    • Talent is recognized as a major barrier to growth.
    • Finding skilled workers plus an aging workforce create ever-growing challenges.
  • Risk if not resolved: Jobs will be filled outside of Ohio.


Background on TAACCCT Grants


All grantees are required to partner with employers to develop training programs to enable workers to build skills that will help them obtain good jobs. Partnerships with local small and medium sized employers as well as larger companies, and with Ohio Means Jobs and community based organizations such as Goodwill Industries, Urban League and the United Way, will assist in getting many Ohioans access to more internships, apprenticeships, and job-relevant basic skills education and training in order to move up the career ladder into better-paying jobs that employers across Ohio are looking to fill.

Ohio TechNet community college partners will work with business and industry to upskill 1,800+ low-wage, low-skill workers and expand competency-based accelerated training pathways to in-demand jobs in advanced manufacturing.

Consortium-Level Strategic Focus

Create Mechanisms for Statewide Collaboration

Transform Instructional Design and Delivery Systems

Expand Best Practices that Redesign Student Intake, Success, and Placement