TAACCCT Outcomes

Partners In Building A Thriving Manufacturing Workforce

Learn how the TAACCCT grant program expanded community colleges’ capacity to deliver career-focused education and training that match the skills needed by today’s manufacturing employers in Ohio.

Shaping Future Policy

Ohio TechNet was a part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) 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 statewide consortium investment made in Ohio and it leveraged $40 million in TAACCCT investments to Ohio’s community colleges. 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 were required to partner with employers to develop or redesign training programs to help workers learn skills that lead to family-supporting jobs. Partnerships with local employers of all sizes, as well as with OhioMeansJobs and community-based organizations such as Goodwill Industries, Urban League and the United Way, assisted in getting many Ohioans access to more internships, apprenticeships, and job-relevant basic skills 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 worked with business and industry to upskill 2,200+ low-wage, low-skill workers and expand competency-based accelerated training pathways to in-demand jobs in advanced manufacturing.