About Us

Training Ohio's next generation of creators

The Ohio Technical Skills Innovation Network, or Ohio TechNet, is a statewide consortium of over 40 community colleges, universities and technical centers focused on accelerating innovation to meet manufacturing workforce needs. Eleven founding community colleges launched Ohio TechNet in 2014 with support from the US Department of Labor.  Since that date, the collaborative framework of Ohio TechNet has helped to generate over $60M of manufacturing and technology workforce investment in Ohio.  OTN members partner closely with the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, the Ohio Defense Manufacturing Community, JobsOhio and other state and national partners, including a number of Manufacturing USA Institutes.

Building toward the future


Partnering for solutions

Manufacturers in Ohio have implemented industry-led sector partnerships in nearly every part of the state —facilitating collaboration among education, economic development, workforce development and industry partners to address workforce gaps. OTN coordinates higher education’s efforts to support the workforce needs of manufacturers. We work closely with The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association (OMA), employers, government agencies and other stakeholders to create pathways for in-demand careers and a robust, workforce-ready talent pipeline in Ohio. By promoting efficiency and creativity through collaboration, Ohio TechNet has sparked the development of dozens of new or enhanced programs that have trained thousands.

Engaging Employers

Engaging employers

To meet the hiring needs of Ohio’s large, mid-size and small manufacturers, OTN members work closely with their local industry partners. Many of these manufacturers are helping to lead regional sector partnerships or are leaders in driving the OMA statewide workforce strategies.

Expanding Education

Expanding apprenticeship and
work-based learning

OTN partners have expanded registered apprenticeship programs and launched other Earn & Learn models that align with Ohio’s most in-demand jobs. Expertise within the consortium accelerates the adoption of these models among partner institutions – creating a win-win for students who can complete training with little-to-no debt, and employers who can build a sustainable talent pipeline for entry-level and skilled positions.

Accelerating Learning

Accelerating student learning

OTN launched and is leading the expansion of FastPathOhio.com to help Ohio colleges and universities connect with adults whose on-the-job training may qualify for college credit through Prior Learning Assessment. Expansion of Competency-Based Education is also an OTN priority – allowing students to enter manufacturing careers much faster than in traditional seat-based instruction.

Free Training

Offering free training and resources

We have partnered with the OMA and SkillsCommons to create a portal of free training resources. Materials have been curated by Ohio manufacturers and community college faculty to provide content for your training program.

Building a bridge between jobs and people

Manufacturing is the largest of the 20 sectors of Ohio’s economy, including government, with 16.63% of total output in 2018*.

Total Output: 2018 $112.2B Ranks 3rd in the US behind California and Texas
Employment: About 700K jobs 5.5% of all U.S. manufacturing jobs
Average Wage: annual $61,487 for manufacturing workers

As such, it has a tremendous need for talent. Since the launch of the OMA’s workforce services in 2016, the biggest constraint to industry growth has been a significant disparity between the number of available jobs in manufacturing and the number of qualified applicants for them. Despite the unemployment rate spikes that followed the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, manufacturers continue to report difficulty filling available jobs.

  • Ongoing baby boomer retirements and decreasing population
  • Rapid industrial technology advancements, leading to mismatches in the curriculum, instructor capacity and equipment within the education system
  • Linger misconceptions about the industry as well as competitive recruitment from other sectors
  • Ripple effects of COVID-19, which are disrupting normal job seeking and hiring, as well as new and ongoing employment barriers (e.g., lack of available childcare and transportation)

Risk if not resolved: Jobs will be filled outside of Ohio.

*According to the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, Manufacturing Counts, 2020-2021

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Our education partners are helping prepare the next generation of manufacturers. To collaborate or start a program of your own, get contact information here.

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