New Ohio Initiative Furthers Positive Image of Manufacturing

Ohio manufacturers are opting for a new model that may build the future workforce and further the state’s economy.

Launched last month by the Ohio Department of Higher Education and Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT), the new Ohio Manufacturing Careers Council is an initiative that aims to harness and build manufacturing skills across different age groups. The group, which has already acquired nearly $700,000 in funding, aims to foster a strong pipeline of current and future workers by partnering with state workforce and education groups.

“There are a lot of manufacturers who have been very proactive in reaching out to local schools, banding together to try to come up with strategies at the local or regional level related to image,” said Cheryl Hay, deputy chancellor for higher education and workforce alignment for the Ohio Department of Higher Education. “There are a lot of great things going on. Our job at the state level will be how do we loop all those together, honor what is going on in those areas and then create an overall state strategy.”

As part of these efforts, MAGNET has partnered with the Dayton Regional Manufacturers Association (DRMA) to assess and improve the image of manufacturing throughout the state through education and similar avenues.

Read the full story at the Dayton Daily News

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