Our Consortium

Collaboration unlocks a more competitive future

Our strategic partnerships with educators are a critical component to solving the manufacturing workforce challenges in Ohio with collaborative, system-level solutions.

A consortium of educators

Ohio TechNet (OTN) is a consortium of career technical centers, Ohio Technical Centers, community colleges and universities who have partnered with The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association (OMA) and other state and national partners to make Ohio a leader in solving our manufacturing workforce shortage.

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Addressing a need: Industry 4.0 teacher training

A lack of qualified instructors will impede Ohio's ability to train workers for careers aligned to Industry 4.0. To address this issue, Lorain County Community College is partnering with Rockwell Automation, IST Ohio and FANUC America to provide statewide Industry 4.0 training in Automation and Robotics by delivering a blend of in-person and online learning where instructors of all levels (from high school through to university) will earn industry-recognized credentials and a nationally validated certification.

For more information, contact lbaukus@lorainccc.edu

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Partner Schools

Want to connect with our members?

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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Your participation helps build a better future.

  • Make more Ohioans equipped with the most in-demand skills needed by Ohio’s manufacturers
  • A pathway to prosperity as additional Ohioans are trained for family-sustaining manufacturing careers and wages
  • Expanded industry engagement resulting in more people earning credentials that demonstrate they have the skills employers need
  • Expansion of apprenticeships and other work-based learning programs, pairing expert employees with eager trainees as a key solution to Ohio’s skills gap challenge