Manufacturing is a major component of the Ohio economy and is ranked sixth in the
nation in manufacturing’s percentage of total jobs (Ohio Department of Job and Family
Services, 2013). In 2011, manufacturing accounted for one sixth (16.7% or $80.7 billion)
of Ohio’s economy. Only Oregon, Indiana, Louisiana, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and
Iowa derived higher shares of their GDP from manufacturing. In 2011, manufacturing
accounted for 15.1% of private sector employment in Ohio, second only to health care
and social assistance. This represented 19.7% of all private wages paid in the State
of Ohio during that period.
According to the annual Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card (Ball State University,
2013), Ohio is one of only two states to earn an "A" grade in both manufacturing and
logistics and receive an “A” grade in global reach. From now to 2020, eight manufacturing
subsectors are expected to grow in Ohio: food manufacturing, beverage and tobacco
products, wood products, plastic and rubber products, nonmetallic mineral products,
fabricated metal products, employment.
The goal of the project is to expand the supply of next-generation multi-craft manufacturing
support technicians in many industries to address a growing shortage in Columbus and
the surrounding Central Ohio Region.
PIPELINE TO TAILORED TALENT
Columbus State’s Modern Manufacturing Work Study industry partners not only have a
direct pipeline to a highly trained workforce, they also have the program design to
assure that graduates have the specific skills they need on the job.
Columbus State actively partners with area industry to foster collaborative working
relationships with external counterparts to communicate and coordinate initiatives
that support College and institutional goals. Industry partners who have adopted
the work study program during the period include: Honda, Worthington Industries, Rimrock,
and AutoTool, Pharmaforce, Abbott Nutrition, and PK Controls.