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Workforce Development Resources in the Columbus Region

Dozens of vocational and technical schools, colleges and universities, grants and workforce development programs are available in the Columbus Region.

JobsOhio Workforce Grants

The JobsOhio Workforce Grant was created to promote economic development, business expansion, and job creation by providing funding for the improvement of worker skills and abilities in the State of Ohio. Click here to download a PDF that describes the workforce development program.

Ohio Office of Workforce Development

Office of Workforce Development (OWD) manages programs to help businesses find good employees, funds job training to improve the quality of Ohio’s workforce, and administers tax credits to businesses hiring certain eligible workers.

Columbus Workforce Development Agencies and Programs

Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation (COWIC)

Partners with Franklin County Job and Family Services, the State of Ohio Job and Family Services, and the City of Columbus to provide assistance to all job seekers including, but not limited to, those moving from public assistance and those who have been dislocated from their current position.

Halcyon IT Veterans Workforce Development Program

Halcyon IT, an IT solutions provider in Dublin, Ohio, has a training program for military veterans to help them quickly learn the basic skills of software development and software quality assurance through classroom training, reference materials and hands-on workshops and lab exercises.

Ohio Career Exploration Internship Program

The Ohio Career Exploration Internship Program is designed to help Ohio high school students explore potential careers and gain valuable work experience in a professional environment. Through an internship of at least 20 weeks and 200 hours of training, students have the opportunity to explore all aspects of a profession and gain better understanding of the training needed to enter a career field.

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Veterans Program

The Veterans Program Office develops policies and implements programs to increase opportunities for veterans to obtain employment and participate in job training programs.

Volunteers of America – Greater Ohio

Offers job-readiness and training programs to help veterans find and maintain stable employment.

U.S. Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)

A federal tax credit available to employers who hire and retain veterans and individuals from other target groups with significant barriers to employment. Employers claim about $1 billion in tax credits each year under the WOTC program. There is no limit on the number of individuals an employer can hire to qualify to claim the tax credit, and there are a few simple steps to follow to apply for WOTC.

Columbus Region Career and Technical Schools

Columbus Career and Technical Schools

College / University Industrial Manufacturing Engineering Logistics IT
Adult and Community Education x x x x
American Institute of Alternative Medicine
American National University (formerly National College) x
Bradford School x
Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County x x x
Central Ohio Technical College x x x x
Central Ohio Technical College - Knox Campus
Central Ohio Technical College - Pataskala Campus x
Clark State Community College (Classes at Ohio Hi Point and Bellefontaine High School)
Columbus Downtown High School & Career Center x x x x
Columbus State Community College x x x x x
Columbus State Community College - Bolton Field x x
Columbus State Community College - Delaware Campus x
Columbus State Community College - Dublin Center x
Columbus State Community College - Marysville Center
Columbus State Community College - Reynoldsburg
Columbus State Community College - SW Center at Grove City
Columbus State Community College - Westerville Center
Daymar College
Delaware Area Career Center - North Campus x x
Delaware Area Career Center - South Campus
Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools - Eastland Career Center x x
Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools - Fairfield Career Center x x x x x
Everest Institute x
Fortis College x x x
Knox County Career Center x x x x
Marion Technical College x x x x
Ohio Business College x
Ohio Hi Point Career Center x x x x
Pickaway-Ross Career & Technology Center - Circleville Campus x x x x x
Roadmaster Truck Driving Institute
Robotics & Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative - RAMTEC x x x
South-Western Career Technical Academy x x x x
Techskills Columbus ( x
The Computer Workshop Inc. x x x
The Electrical Trades Center x x
The Ohio Media School-Columbus
Tolles Career and Technical Center x x x x x
Tri-Rivers Career Center x x x
Tri-Rivers Career Center - Adult Healthcare Campus
Source: National Center for Education Statistics, Columbus 2020
Community Colleges and Universities

View the list of Columbus Region colleges and universities.