The BAC was established based on the efforts of the OCIC and United Way to build a stronger relationship between education and business in an effort to develop a pipeline for our future workforce. Through OCIC Retention & Expansion business visits, businesses in the industrial, manufacturing and professional sectors continuously express their growing concerns for meeting current and future employment needs. Regular business outreach through the OCIC’s R&E program has proven that more needs to be done to promote skilled trades and professional careers within Ottawa County.
The MSSC is a 501c3 non-profit, industry-led training, assessment and certification system focused on the core skills and knowledge needed by the nation’s front-line technicians. The Certified Production Technician (CPT) Certification addresses the core technical competencies of higher skilled production technicians in all sectors of manufacturing.
Businesses who have participated in the event over the years include Materion Brush, Bay Point Resort & Marina, Magruder Hospital, Davis Besse, Ohio Air National Guard, Graymont Dolime and many others.
Teachers received graduate credit hours from Ashland University for completing the boot camp and presented to a panel of local business leaders, colleagues and BAC members about what they learned about each business and how they are going implement the information they learned into their curriculum.
This event is similar to “National Signing Day” events held for high school senior athletes. In this case, seniors will be applauded as they announce their career plans, rather than their college of choice, and normally sign “letters of intent” for a job offer, apprenticeship or advanced technical training.
Local employers provided plant tours and engaged in one-on-one discussions about career opportunities in the skilled trades sector, the current and future employment needs, and the expectations employers have when looking to hire individuals.