Ohio TechNet Consortium
A total of 11 Ohio community colleges formed a consortium named the Ohio Technical Skills Innovation Network or Ohio TechNet after each institution received $1 million grant from the U.S. Dept. of Labor to create or expand job-driven training for the advanced manufacturing sector.
Besides Owens Community College, the partners include:
- Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
- Columbus State Community College
- Cuyahoga Community College
- Eastern Gateway Community College
- Lakeland Community College
- Lorain County Community College
- Rhodes State Community College
- Sinclair Community College
- Stark State College
- Zane State College
Lorain County Community College will directly manage an additional $4.1 million, in support of statewide data collection and third-party evaluation, creation of an Ohio Manufacturing Workforce Alliance with colleges, employers, state and workforce leaders, and a special initiative to expand access to state of the art safety education and training.
Collectively, these 11 colleges provide services that reach 71 of Ohio's 88 counties.
Supporting Job-Driven Training
This investment in Ohio is part of the fourth and final installment of a nearly $2 billion initiative to support job-driven training, called the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training program, or TAACCCT. These grants target workers who are in transition or need up-skilling due to the impact of foreign trade, as well as returning military personnel.
This year's grants of more than $450 million were awarded to almost 270 colleges nationally. Over the last four years, the TAACCCT program has helped to strengthen and expand innovative job-driven training at nearly 700 colleges around the country. This unprecedented investment is helping transform community colleges into an engine of economic growth that meets the job training needs of local employers and prepares workers for jobs in demand today and in the future.
This grant is the first statewide consortium investment made in Ohio through the TAACCCT program. State consortia have additional responsibilities to help transform workforce development, including creation of an Employment Results Scorecard, designed to inform students about potential career and employment opportunities, and ensure that career pathway programs are aligned with the needs of the local labor market. The scorecard supports continuous improvement processes across partner colleges and others in Ohio, as part of an overall goal to closely align workforce programs to economic development priorities.
For more information on the federal TAACCCT program, go here.