In Ottawa County, we know there are workforce challenges and we are not shy to talk about it. By partnering with our local schools, businesses and workforce partners, we are working to solve the immediate workforce challenges that will result in a strong, stable workforce of the future.

Through our award-winning Ottawa County Business Advisory Council, high school juniors and seniors are given the opportunity to participate in the Career Engagement Opportunity (CEO) credit-based internship program. The Ottawa County Skilled Trades Academy (STA) launched during the 2019-20 school year. The STA includes virtual classroom instruction from Northwest State Community College’s Core Manufacturing & Logistics Skills (CMLS) Program curriculum and in-person hands-on lab activities.

Hiring and matching job seekers to employment opportunities remains a top priority of the OCIC, as it is a top priority of our local businesses. The OCIC is in its fourth full year of operating the OhioMeansJobs Ottawa County center – serves both job seekers and businesses alike. Services include job placement assistance, resume support, practice with interview skills and more. Whether you are a business or job seeker, we highly encourage you to meet with our OhioMeansJobs Ottawa County offices staff.

Regional partnerships play an integral role in the future growth of Ottawa County. We meet regularly with our partners to discuss priorities and strategies to support our workforce needs, and discuss the region’s workforce shortage and ways to enhance them. The long-term goal of Firelands Forward is to drive economic growth through innovative regional workforce strategies. Link coming soon.

Ottawa County: It’s All Here is a marketing initiative to bring awareness to Ottawa County youth about the wonderful opportunities right here in their back yard. The message is simple. Build your future in a thriving community that truly cares about you. Live where you want to work, work where you want to play, and be surrounded by a community that wants to see you succeed.

The Ottawa County Safety Council (OCSC) promotes safety awareness in the business and industrial community by providing educational programs that improve the safety, health and environment of its members. In conjunction with the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation, the OCSC holds regular monthly meetings to provide safety-related information that improve and promote safe workplaces. Link coming soon.