Manufacturing has been the heart and soul of our community for many years, positioning Akron, Summit County, and Northeast Ohio as a competitive regional economy and global player. We work to align the talent pipeline by bringing together the skilled residents in our community with the outstanding career opportunities our manufacturers provide, utilizing the educational resources in our area and support from community organizations and public workforce to break down barriers. It begins with the companies sharing their needs and requirements for the jobs they have. The educational partners work with the companies to be sure the needs of manufacturers are being addressed in the classroom, ensuring the necessary skills are part of the curriculum. Public workforce and community organizations are made aware of the career opportunities in manufacturing and work to help break down barriers that prevent residents from pursuing high demand jobs with sustainable wages.