Tri-County Adult Career Center: Innovation and Renovation to Advance Regional Economic Development in Southeast Ohio

Monday, June 3, 2013

Tri-County Adult Career Center has entered into an innovative partnership with neighboring Hocking College to work collaboratively, rather than competitively, to expand local workforce development training opportunities to area business.   The College and Career Center share a workforce training office and present themselves as one entity to the business community.  Having a single point of contact streamlines the process for area businesses that are looking for staff training and development.  

This University System of Ohio partnership is also developing a state-of-the art training facility for use by its business clients.  The Business Training Center is a major part of Hocking College’s renovation plan for the former Inn at Hocking College and will include a computer lab, professional testing center, a board room, and flexible training spaces.  Co-located with Hocking College’s Hospitality program, clients will have the advantage of on-site catering and studio apartments for their trainings and special events. Tri-County Adult Career Center has secured an Appalachian Regional Commission grant that will be used to equip the center with computers, video conferencing, and other high tech equipment. 

 This investment in the business community will provide the region with increased capacity to retain and expand existing businesses as well as attract new companies to southeast Ohio.