Ohio TechNet launched in 2014 through a U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant to Lorain County Community College on behalf of a statewide consortium of 11 community colleges. Since then, our consortium has more than doubled in size and future expansion is anticipated.
As colleges continue to invest time, energy, and resources into advancing Ohio’s manufacturing workforce through outcomes-based education and training programs, the consortium is actively seeking, and welcomes, partners and funders to help achieve these goals.
By 2019, OTN is projected to serve more than 3,000 participants
Nearly 70% of Ohio TechNet participants were employed at enrollment
More than 500 employer partners
Interested in building an innovative earn-and-learn program on your campus? Columbus State Community College and Lorain County Community College can help organizations develop programs that are replicable for a variety of career pathways.
"Ohio TechNet supported the launch of Training & Recruitment Accelerated Innovation Network, or TRAIN Ohio. TRAIN Ohio blends school and work into a 21st century “earn and learn” program where companies and educators integrate activities in both space and time. This program will increase the number of people in the talent pipeline while keeping training affordable for students. It recognizes that our success in growing new jobs through innovation rests on strategic and ongoing collaboration with industry, workforce and education partners."
"Ohio TechNet grant funding has allowed Rhodes State to promote the award of industry recognized credentials to participants by embedding the credentials in both credit and non-credit coursework."
"Our new accelerated programs for advanced manufacturing enable students to enter manufacturing careers much faster than traditional, seat-based programs allow."
"The collaboration of the various schools has been very helpful in establishing our curriculum and building our facilities. Sharing best practices helped us build a facility and program that was able to “hit the ground running” the day it opened."
"Eastern Gateway Community College has been working with the Mahoning Valley Manufactures Coalition to develop specialized programs for business for the non-credit training of their employees as well as being able to offer new students different pathways of specialization in manufacturing"
"Ohio TechNet has been a great fit as it supports and aligns with Lakeland’s goals of supporting student success, completion and aligning academic programs with area workforce needs which prepares students to be job ready upon completion."
"Our campus, located in the heart of the industrial park in Cambridge, is at the epicenter of a diverse group of industries such as Detroit Diesel, FedEx, Colgate, and Rigid Tool. Supplying these companies with a continued pipeline of well-trained workers and offering credit and non-credit training through our workforce development center have become the primary focus for our institution."
"New and current students have benefited from more organized and modern prior learning assessments, improvements and additions to key lab equipment that is very similar to what is found in industry, and a designated retention advisor who has assisted students become more likely to finish a degree or certificate. In addition, students are learning job search skills and are being exposed to various positions related to welding and manufacturing."
"Employers were appreciative to be able to come to a ‘one-stop’ alliance for information, strategies, and best practices. We are proud to work together to connect the dots for our region."
"Ohio TechNet grant funding was a critical piece in bringing Stark State College’s new manufacturing lab to fruition."
"The equipment contributions made possible by the Ohio TechNet Consortium project has allowed Columbus State to expand a training method that can assess a student’s ability versus a company’s welding procedure in real-time. This ensures the technical skills that students learn while pursuing their education align to industry standards."