By 2026, 3.5 million U.S.jobs will be needed in advanced manufacturing and 2 million are expected to go unfilled (National Association of Manufacturing.) Manufacturing is a major component of the Ohio economy and is the third largest manufacturing workforce in the nation (JobsOhio, 2017.)
Columbus State Community College and Lorain County Community College have collaborated with industry, state, and education partners to advance experiential work-based learning programs and address this manufacturing skills gap in Ohio. This initiative is called the Manufacturing Experiential Advancement Readiness Network (EARN).
The primary concept driving the EARN project is replicating and scaling successful work-based learning models. This work is being achieved through leveraging existing industry partnerships and providing colleges with hands-on guidance in adapting models to meet their needs.
HAVE WORKFORCE NEEDS
PREPARE STUDENTS TO FILL WORKFORCE NEEDS
EARN WHILE THEY LEARN
Below you will find an overview of the entire earn-and-learn program replication process.