Building our pipeline for workforce is vital to the future health of our business community. We are working on a number of programs to assist in this effort:

 Made in Medina County – the Made in Medina County effort brings together our entire county to focus on promoting the brand of manufacturing. More information on the programs, participants, and goals can be found at www.madeinmedinacounty.com.

 Intern and Summer Employment Coordination – Our office is collecting postings for Internships and Summer Employment to post to www.worklocal.net. In February each year, we share that section of the posting site with higher education institutions and high schools in our region to help recruit workers to try jobs in Medina County.

 Manufacturing Roadshows – Launched in 2012, the Manufacturing Roadshows program takes entire grades of students from the high schools to tour manufacturing plants. We have shown a significant increase in the likelihood of a student working in a plant through these efforts and have a number of students apply because of the tours.

 Career Counselor – It is difficult for schools to advise students on careers. We are looking at creating a program where we would loan a staff member to our schools to provide those consulting services.

 Apprenticeship Funnel – We are providing our schools with information on certified apprenticeship programs to help students find those opportunities right out of high school.

 Career Exploration – We are bringing business leaders into the schools to meet with students and share their experiences. Through a speed-dating like round, students hear about the careers people hold and have held and then can sign up for additional time to ask questions.