Ohio’s adult and continuing education programs, operating at 51 locations throughout the state, are now collectively known as the Ohio Technical Centers (OTCs). To build awareness of the new brand and, most importantly, the upskilling opportunities available to adults statewide, the Ohio Association of Career-Technical Superintendents (OACTS) is announcing the “Fast Track” Campaign effort. The OTCs are a division of OACTS.
The Ohio Technical Centers with the new slogan, “Your Fast Track to Success,” are the state’s educational providers offering adult learners the training and credentials for the most in-demand jobs and a direct path to employability.
“The Ohio Technical Centers and their programming are catalysts providing immediacy and impact for adults of all ages throughout the state. This is especially critical as Ohio’s economy has more opportunities than ever for a skilled workforce to meet the growing demand all over Ohio,” said Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner.
“It seems like every day I value even more that our state’s 51 Ohio Technical Centers serve as pathways for adults to quality employment. In addition, many programs are free or low-cost options equipping them with the skills they need to enter a career or to further their postsecondary education,” Gardner said.
The “Fast Track” Campaign will focus on raising awareness of the various programs available throughout the state at 51 OTCs. These include workforce training programs that award industry credentials, licenses, or certifications and provide a direct pathway to employment. Ohio Technical Centers also offer free services through Ohio’s ASPIRE program, which focuses on individuals who need assistance acquiring the skills to be successful in postsecondary education, training and employment. Ohio’s Adult Diploma Program, also available through the Ohio Technical Centers, provides free job training for adults aged 20 and above to earn a high school diploma and industry credentials simultaneously.
“OACTS is proud to support the efforts of this brand awareness campaign, re-introducing adult education to jobseekers and employers under the collective name Ohio Technical Centers,” offered OACTS Executive Director Margaret Hess. “This unified effort across the state is important to enable the potential of Ohio’s workforce by growing awareness of the accessible, relevant, hands-on training and technical know-how offered at our OTCs.”
Ohio Technical Centers also partner with local employers to ensure they get what they need from their local workforce. Through strong partnerships with local business and industry, Ohio Technical Centers continue to meet the workforce demands of the moment by responding rapidly through customized training programs and other services.
All Ohio Technical Centers programs are approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, national accrediting agencies, and specific third-party credentials. In 2021, the Ohio Department of Higher Education reported that 71% of those enrolled in a technical program received a credential, certificate, state license or passed a technical assessment upon completion, and 90% of those completing a technical program found employment.
“OTCs have been delivering real results for decades with incredible completion and placement rates,” said William Bussey, who serves as the executive director for the OTCs. “OTCs provide a fast track for success to adult job seekers and a critical partnership opportunity for our state’s business and industry to help shape their workforces. It’s time we raise the awareness of these opportunities to help build the future of Ohio’s workforce.”
ABOUT OHIO TECHNICAL CENTERS
Ohio Technical Centers (OTCs), a division of the Ohio Association of Career-Technical Superintendents, are an association of 51 independently operated career technical centers offering educational programs to adults specific to local needs, improving the job skills and professional competencies of Ohio’s workforce.
These Centers close the gap between urgent, in-demand workplace expectations and worker marketability through accredited programs in skilled trades and credentialed careers and ongoing interaction with local employers. In addition, Ohio Technical Centers facilitate and encourage professional development through a range of customizable services for students, employers, and the broader community. The result is a refreshed, competent, and adaptable talent pool eager to apply their education immediately and for the longer term.
To learn more about the Ohio Technical Centers and find a local OTC, visit ohiotechnicalcenters.com.