TRAIN (Training & Recruitment Accelerated Innovation Network) OH blends schools and work into a 21st century earn and learn hybrid activity where companies and educators integrate efforts in both space and time.


Lorain County Community College (LCCC) has piloted the TRAIN OH earn-and-learn model in its micro-electronic mechanical systems (MEMS) program, and has launched two cohorts where students are earning an associate degree in MEMS. LCCC partners with companies in Northeast Ohio who are interested in interviewing students for paid work-based learning positions, starting in the third semester of their programs. Classes in MEMS degree are tailored by supporting microelectronics companies to teach you what these companies want you to know on the job. In 2018, the TRAIN OH model will be applied to a new digital fabrication degree at Lorain County Community College that leverages the colleges’ new Campana Center for Ideation and Invention, and to a cybersecurity degree at Lakeland Community College.

Employers Partnered with TRAIN OH's MEMS Program

Work-Based Learning Opportunities

What will a typical week look like in the TRAIN OH program?

You will attend school full-time, participating in class sessions 2 days per week, and engage in a paid work-based learning at a sponsor company 3 days a week receiving hands-on experience. The paid work-based learning will begin in the third semester of the program. As TRAIN OH is adopted for new programs at LCCC, and at other Colleges, this program schedule may vary.

What happens when I complete the TRAIN OH program?

You will have earned an Associate Degree, 60 credit hours, approximately 1,000 hours of work experience, lower student-loan debt, and the opportunity to possess full-time employment with a sponsoring employer.

“This has been a great experience so far and I’m just getting started. I can’t wait to get into classes and labs to learn something new every day. This is a program that I would recommend to anybody who has any interest in how things like how your phone really work or what it takes to make all those tiny little microscopic devices work together to make your phone, tv, car, blood pressure machines, and thousands of other things in our world function. The words “That’s so cool!” are not uncommon in our classrooms and labs. That’s one of the main reasons why I’m doing this degree. Every day is cool.”

John Bukovac


By becoming an industry partner with TRAIN OH you can be a part of designing the future of the program, review curriculum materials, sponsor students, and/or informing us of what is going on with your company!


Key Principles for Employers:

  • Students learn the skills needed for your talent needs.
  • Students receive two full semesters of classes before starting work based learning with your employment.
  • Students have a dedicated Academic Adviser to navigate them through school and work.
  • Opportunity to hire a student full-time after the program.
  • Opportunity to become a part of the design of the program for your future talent needs.

You can learn more about the TRAIN OH program by following the links provided below:

Internship Success with TRAIN OH

NASA/Ohio Space Grant Consortium Awarded to TRAIN OH Student

Contact Us!

If you’re interested in learning more about TRAIN OH, please contact Courtney Tenhover at or call 440-366-4217.