about us

Who We Are

Ohio Technical Centers (OTCs) are an association of 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. The 49 Ohio Technical Centers are the educational providers offering adult learners the training and credentials for the most in-demand jobs and a direct path to employability.

What We Do

OTCs provide postsecondary career and technical education at 49 career centers across Ohio. Our member institutions offer a broad continuum of technical programming and experiences in dozens of skilled trades – e.g., HVAC, Phlebotomy, Police Training, EMT, Nursing, Welding, CNC Machining, IT, etc. – that prepare learners for certificates, industry-recognized certifications and state licensures.

OTC technical programs focus on skill attainment and are external markers of competency. Program completion signals that the student has the skills necessary for the applicable job.

Our Partners

OTCs work in partnership with ODHE and local boards of education, seeking opportunities to enhance their workforce development programs and elevate the businesses within their region.

OTCs build on partnerships with many different education entities, businesses and governmental agencies to foster an understanding of the value of the career-technical and adult education on the lives of students. OTCs also contribute to Ohio’s workforce by supplying skilled workers to help grow the State’s economy.

OTCs engage in education and training partnerships with (but not limited to) organizations such as the ones below:


All OTC programs are approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, national accrediting agencies and in some cases specific third-party credentials. All OTCs are accredited by one of the two agencies listed below.

The Council on Occupational Education (COE)

is a national accrediting agency of higher education institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. COE was created in 1971 as part of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The COE became independent in 1995.

The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges

(ACCSC is recognized by the United States Department of Education as the designated institutional accrediting body for over 650 post-secondary, trade and technical schools that provide education to over 150,000 students in a wide variety of vocational programs each year.

Responding to Business & Industry
Employers are increasingly recognizing certificates and/or credentialing in their hiring criteria, and OTCs regularly interact with business and industry to address regional workforce needs. Businesses seeking education and/or training for incumbent workers often look to OTCs for customized training opportunities.

Many OTCs are positioned to respond quickly to the needs of business and industry by providing customized training and business consulting services to companies in order to assist with meeting Ohio’s workforce goals.

Executive Director – William A. Bussey

Former state director of career-technical education at the Ohio Department of Education, William A. Bussey serves as the Executive Director for the Ohio Technical Centers. Bussey spent 14 years as superintendent at Mid-East Career and Technology Centers, in addition to being a teacher at Bloom-Carroll Local School District in vocational agriculture, a supervisor at the Career Technical Education Center of Licking County (C-TEC) and an adult education director at Eastland Fairfield Career Technical Schools.

He has been active in many career-technical education organizations in leadership positions. He is a past president of Ohio ACTE and currently serves on the board for the National Council of Local Administrators (NCLA).

Contact him at bbussey@oacts.com or 740-851-0270.

In FY 2019, OTCs collaborated with 1,241 employers for business services, contact services and customized services.

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