How does it work?
Local employers hire high school juniors and seniors for paid, on-site work for 1-2 days per week over a two-year period. Plant managers and technicians train students on various skills like CNC machining and welding. MAGNET provides mentorship and guidance to help students develop soft skills like critical thinking, teamwork, and a strong work ethic. Students selected for ECEC will not only receive training, hourly wages, manufacturing certification(s), and college credit; they will gain a competitive edge with new skills and better work experience that can lead to multiple job offers and a rewarding, sustainable career in manufacturing.
Based on job performance, the company can then extend a job offer to the student after he/she graduates from high school. This can include full or part-time employment, along with tuition reimbursement programs, creating a clear, subsidized path to college.
ECEC empowers manufacturers in Northeast Ohio to develop their own workforce and create a sustainable pipeline that helps their companies grow locally, compete globally, and contribute to our region’s vitality.
Every day, ECEC is:
- Opening doors to college and careers for high school students
- Bringing economic opportunity to low-income neighborhoods
- Providing a long-term solution to ongoing workforce demands in Northeast Ohio manufacturing
- Increasing in high school graduation rates
- Driving more investment in local businesses
- Improving employee retention
- Building new bridges between employers, community colleges, high schools, and their communities
How does ECEC improve communities in Northeast Ohio?
Too many young people simply aren’t exposed to the rewarding, lucrative careers available to them in advanced manufacturing. These jobs, starting at $40,000 annually and rapidly increasing from there, require short-term training but not the expense or commitment of four-year college. Every ECEC employer offers tuition reimbursement programs, so ECEC graduates have a clear, subsidized pathway to continuing their education after high school.
As we build and expand this program, ECEC students will have higher employment rates, better starting salaries, and more successful long-term careers than their peers. In many cases, these students will be the first in their families to go to college, ending the cycle of poverty. Local communities with the ECEC program will prosper, as they will have more middle-class employment, growing manufacturing companies, more stable families, and more paths to success for young people entering the workforce.