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Workforce Strategies to Complement Economic Development

In Delaware County, we believe an effective economic development strategy must be complemented by an equally effective and interrelated workforce development strategy.

Without well-trained, efficient workers, positions cannot be filled and when they are filled, those occupying those positions underperform. As a result, the business fails to achieve its growth potential and is unable to compete successfully with more efficient competitors elsewhere. Thus, an economic development strategy focusing solely on business attraction and retention is incomplete; a clear, consistent workforce strategy is equally important.

We believe neither economic development nor workforce development succeeds alone. Each needs the other.

The Workforce Development Environment

Under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, states – and ultimately local areas within the state – are responsible for developing workforce systems that meet the needs of local employers and jobseekers. These services are provided by One-Stop Job Centers, which are clearinghouses for education, training, and other support services to customers – individuals and businesses.

Delaware County is proud to offer workforce development in an array of forms including career training programs, schools and universities to continuously prepare a highly skilled workforce. Among these are:

•  Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU) with 1,600 students, offers undergraduate degrees in more than 90 majors and concentrations, including business, computer science, and the natural sciences. OWU students also frequently seek internships in the local business community.  These internships benefit both the student and the business.

•  The Delaware campus of Columbus State Community College (CSCC) offers four two-year degree programs that can be completed entirely on the campus, including the Associate of Science in Business Management, the Associate of Computer Information Technology, and Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees that are intended to fulfill the first two years of a four-year degree.

•  The Delaware Area Career Center provides unique elective courses to high school students in Delaware County and surrounding areas that combine academic learning with hands-on instruction in emerging college majors and career fields. Adult students can expand their career options at DACC through advanced training to increase their employability or give them a fresh start on a new career through programs such as Ohio Basic Peace Officer Training, Firefighting, and Nurse Aide Training.

Other Resources:
Delaware County Job and Family Services