Based on feedback from employers and service providers, Wayne County workforce and economic development partners have formed a collaborative known as the “Wayne Workforce Innovations Network” (WIN).

The WIN partnership is being established to focus on the county’s workforce development needs, priorities, and innovations to ensure a skilled workforce is available to retain good companies as well as attract new industries. Other partners within the Workforce Innovations Network include public school systems, the Wayne County Schools Career Center, Ohio State ATI, Wayne College, the Common Good, Ohio Means Jobs-Wayne County, and private employers.

WIN will provide career and occupational information, K-16 education programs and adult education partnerships. It will serve as a connector for information sharing, identifying resources, and sharing best practices in workforce development. The desired outcomes of the WIN are to:

  • Identify regional workforce skill and competency needs
  • Articulate emerging skills and competencies needed in targeted industry sectors
  • Create and recommend solutions to close workforce skills gaps
  • Establish measures and evaluation to demonstrate value and outcomes of work

These efforts will support Wayne County’s major economic development activities that are underway to spur growth and wealth creation. Central to this approach is strategically focusing long-term workforce efforts on competitive and growing industry clusters.  

The initial focus will be to meet the skills and competencies needed to support the advanced manufacturing industry sector. Other potential long-range industry sectors of interest include health care services, food manufacturing & processing, agbiosciences, and information technology.


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