Collaboration is Key

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 these:

  • Community Colleges
  • Complete to Compete Coalition
  • Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation
  • Industry Sector Partnerships
  • JobsOhio
  • Local Chambers of Commerce
  • Ohio Department of Health
  • Ohio Department of Public Safety
  • Ohio Department of Higher Education
  • Ohio Development Services Agency
  • Ohio Manufacturers’ Association
  • Ohio Means Jobs
  • OMA Industry Sector Partnerships
  • TechCred


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.

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

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