OHIO Lancaster announces opening of Fairfield County Workforce Center with ribbon cutting
The Fairfield County Workforce Center officially opened on September 22 with an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony, bringing together participation from national and local leaders and key business partners.
Jarrod Tudor, dean of campus and community relations at Ohio University Lancaster, believes the Fairfield County Workforce Center can be a role model for all other counties looking to grow their workforce and economic development.
“We’re interested in this because we know that starting college right out of high school isn’t necessarily for everyone,” Tudor said. “Through this partnership, we may also be able to attract students who don’t think about going to college right out of high school.
The Fairfield County Workforce Center, located at 4665 Coonpath Road, offers training programs for high-demand industries including manufacturing, skilled trades and healthcare. The Center is a collaborative partnership between Fairfield County Commissioners, Ohio University Lancaster, Russ College of Engineering and Technology, and Hocking College. The partnership focuses on economic development through training and workforce development.
“It could be a way to get people into our workforce immediately,” Tudor added. “And maybe you don’t get that four-year degree right away. It may take five years. It may take six years. But you’ve got a business backing you up, you’ve got six years of work experience, a degree from Hocking College, a degree from Ohio University Lancaster, and a hell of a resume. It could be a great way to get people interested in manufacturing, healthcare, etc.
The state of Ohio provided $ 1.25 million to help reuse the building that was previously used by the Fairfield County Board of Development Disabilities.
Commissioner Jeff Fix said the local Pickerington School District has started sending large numbers of students to the center and has encouraged other school districts to do the same.
“We need partnerships with the state government, our town of Lancaster, the city of Pickerington and the county government,” Fix said. “We’re all here to solve a problem of making sure there is a workforce for these companies that come here. Lancaster has done a great job recently bringing new business here, and it’s great. This will only last as long as we can continue to provide new employers with a skilled workforce.
Ohio Department of Employment and Family Director Matt Damschroder said a recent study by the National Association of State Workforce Agencies showed that 94% of apprentice interns remained employed after completing their program. .
“We will be making a long-term commitment to developing the workforce in our community for the purposes of economic development,” said Damschroder. “While you’re investing here in these kinds of programs, we’re investing in the state and revamping things like the Ohio Means Jobs website so that all of these different pieces come together for the respective employers and employees to really get along with. ensure that Ohio is a place where they can grow their business.
After the inauguration ceremony, the participants were able to visit the building. Mike Ulmer, director of workforce development and skills development at Ohio University, discussed the opportunities offered by the engineering technology program offered at the center. Ulmer also led the guests through the robotics room where new equipment was on display.
The Engineering Technology program prepares students to become electrical technicians, programmable logic controller technicians, and computer numerical control (CNC) and quality technicians.
Visit the center website to learn more about the programs offered at the Fairfield County Workforce Center. To learn more about the Ohio University Lancaster Engineering Technology program, visit engineering technology program page.