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OHIO partners with Ohio TechNet to provide workforce development for state's manufacturing companies

Published: October 15, 2019 Author: Staff reports

Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis has signed a letter of commitment to join Ohio TechNet 2.0, a statewide consortium of colleges and universities working toward developing skills in high-tech manufacturing for employers in Ohio.

This commitment complements the University’s Fearlessly First Strategic Framework theme of “Research and Knowledge Discovery in Support of Vibrant Communities.” By partnering with TechNet 2.0, Ohio University can help improve workforce development by training students to be prepared for manufacturing jobs available in the state.

“We look forward to working toward Ohio TechNet’s vision to serve as a leading talent resource for the state’s manufacturing companies by educating and training the workforce and increasing strategic partnerships between Ohio’s higher education system and manufacturers,” Nellis said.

Manufacturing is the top private sector industry for employment in Ohio and continues to grow. However, there is a widening gap between the jobs available and the number of qualified applications. In response to this challenge, Ohio manufacturers are addressing workforce gaps by implementing industry-led partnerships and facilitating collaboration between educators and economic and workforce development professionals. Ohio TechNet coordinates higher education’s efforts to support these workforce needs.  

Through Ohio TechNet, dozens of new or enhanced programs have trained thousands of individuals since 2014 to be prepared for work in the manufacturing field. It has launched and is leading the expansion of FastPathOhio.com to help Ohio colleges and universities connect with adults whose on-the-job training could convert to college credit. It will also allow students to enter careers in the manufacturing field faster than traditional instruction.