Department of Higher Education, LIFT Launch Industry-led Manufacturing Career Council

COLUMBUS, Ohio (2015-09-14) — 

On September 14, The Ohio Department of Higher Education and Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) – in partnership with the Ohio Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation – announced the creation of a Manufacturing Careers Council for the State of Ohio. With LIFT’s investment, the Ohio Department of Higher Education will work to create an industry-led council to further develop career pathways into manufacturing for Ohio’s youth and adults. Building the manufacturing workforce is critical to Ohio, where the industry contributes nearly $90 billion annually to the economy.


“This council will increase partnerships among Ohio firms and the workforce and education systems to ensure a continued pipeline of well-trained workers,” said Larry Brown, executive director, LIFT.


dThe Ohio Manufacturing Careers Council will work in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation to identify career pathways in manufacturing. Opportunities in Ohio manufacturing will be shared with key audiences of youth, returning veterans, and career changers. By connecting manufacturing employers with educational leaders and ambassadors, awareness of the flourishing career opportunities in occupations related to lightweighting will grow. As a result, the supply of skilled workers for these jobs will increase to meet the employer demand in the state of Ohio.


“Ohio’s manufacturers not only need workers now, but also must establish and enrich a strong pipeline of workers for the future,” said Emily Stover DeRocco, workforce and education director, LIFT. “This industry-led initiative will help to ensure that tomorrow’s manufacturing workforce in Ohio has the skills it needs to meet the demands of the 21st century manufacturing firm.”


The Manufacturing Careers Council will partner with the Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, local Workforce Investment Boards, and K-12 district superintendents to incorporate career pathways maps into the counselor preparation programs and ensure that all institutions receive the information and materials necessary for widespread distribution.


“The role the Manufacturing Careers Council will play is vital to forming the talent landscape in Ohio,” said Cheryl Hay, deputy chancellor for higher education and workforce alignment at the Ohio Department of Higher Education. “Our higher education institutions in the state are eager to develop strategic partnerships with industry that lead to sustainable and accelerated career pathways for the students we serve.”


For more information on the Ohio Manufacturing Careers Council and other LIFT education and workforce development initiatives, please visit or contact LIFT Workforce & Education Director, Emily DeRocco, at

Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow (LIFT) is a public-private partnership that will develop and deploy advanced lightweight materials manufacturing technologies and programs to prepare the workforce. The LIFT region includes five states: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
LIFT is operated by the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII) and was selected through a competitive process led by the U.S. Department of Defense under the Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation (LM3I) solicitation issued by the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research. LIFT is one of the founding institutes in the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, a federal initiative to create regional hubs to accelerate the development and adoption of cutting-edge manufacturing technologies.

The Ohio Department of Higher Education (formerly known as the Ohio Board of Regents) is a Cabinet-level agency for the Governor of the State of Ohio that oversees higher education for the state. The agency’s main responsibilities include authorizing and approving new degree programs, managing state-funded financial aid programs and developing and advocating policies to maximize higher education’s contributions to the state and its citizens. 
Contact Information: 

Ohio Department of Higher Education:
Jeff Robinson
Office: 614.752.9487


Lift Contact:
Jessica Borza
Office: 330.853.7906