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Aerospace Professional Development Center

The Aerospace Professional Development Center at SOCHE works across Ohio with the aerospace and defense industry and government, higher education institutions and STEM organizations and initiatives to ensure Ohio’s Aerospace and Defense workforce needs are met.

Current Aerospace and Defense employees looking to advance in their career.
We will help you identify continuing education and professional development that will help you reach your goals as well as help you find job openings requiring your education and experience.

Recent graduates and current students in aerospace and defense related disciplines.
Whether your background is in engineering, other STEM fields, or business, we will assist you in finding co-ops and internships and entry level openings as well as identify what skill sets you will need upon graduation to be job-ready in Ohio.

Transitional employees looking to enter Aerospace or Defense from another field.
Our website will guide you to an understanding of the education and professional development programs available across the state as well as an understanding of what education and training is required to enter these fields. Additionally, we’ll help you find the co-ops and internships you need.

High school students with STEM interest.
Working with the STEM Leadership Institute, we’ll help you find the right path for you to earn a job in the Aerospace or Defense Industry in Ohio by connecting you with the right programs, internships, and mentoring programs that will give you exposure to careers in the field.

Shaping Ohio's Aerospace and Defense Workforce

The Aerospace Professional Development Center will continue to assess the skills of Ohio’s workforce; work with Ohio’s industry employers to ensure they have their current and future workforce needs met in order to continue to grow their business. In addition, we will provide a portal for future employees to find internships, co-cops, educational and professional development opportunities and employment in Ohio.

In January 2015 the Center opened its doors to Aerospace and Defense Employees, potential employees, students and Veterans. The Center assists individuals with Career Assessments, Resume Writing, Interviewing Skills and proper Job-Searching Techniques.

Aerospace ProfessionaL Development Center (APDC)

Education Resources

Education and training partners can start working with us to list their education and training programs for the Educational Resources Bank for both the workforce and students.

Current Higher Education Programs

Ohio’s public and private universities currently offer aviation and aerospace programs at several institutions, including:

Building the Aerospace Educational Resources Bank

The APDC is committed to connecting Ohio’s current and future workforce to the education and professional development resources around Ohio that help them meet their career goals. Whether you are looking for STEM degree or professional programs or additional training, we’ll cover all opportunities aerospace and defense related, from software development to GIS specialists to engineering fields and logistics and project management.

You can now plan your career steps and any educational stops along the way by visiting the career planning section of Ohio Means Jobs. If you would like to search educational opportunities on your own, please visit the websites below for Ohio-based colleges and universities.

Resources for Adult Workforce

For Ohio adult workers who are going back to school, or who are in employment transition.

Uniting Aerospace and Education

Aerospace and defense companies have found firm ground for growth in Ohio in an environment cultivated to meet logistical and workforce needs. Together, the industries represent one of Ohio’s largest employers with more than 100,000 skilled full-time Ohioans in more than 1,200 companies.

And the vibrant growth continues. Ohio plans to be at the forefront of the anticipated 3.44 percent increase in global aircraft demand over the next decade.

The APDC is designed to develop and maintain an Ohio workforce with skills to meet your company’s specialized needs when growth and new technologies demand it.

The APDC Can Help Aerospace and Defense Employers

Planning for future demand, we are seeking the help of employers to align higher education curriculum and workforce training with business needs. Our efforts will include:

  • Roundtables to discuss and assess the advanced skills needed by aerospace industry employers and government
  • Continue to identify specific professional workforce gaps
  • Leverage existing university, college and other professional development programs to fill the gaps. When necessary we will develop new professional development programs, understanding new technologies may require new skills.
  • Connect professionals with additional training, certifications, or education necessary to meet your needs

Your input is essential. Participate as we gather data about skills of the Ohio workforce and get the help you need.

Access Professional Talent the Ohio Workforce

Access Students for Internship Programs from Ohio Institutions

Internships and Co-ops

Uniting Aerospace and Internships

Aerospace and defense companies are in search of qualified candidates who have experience in their field. The State of Ohio has connected with Industry partners to list all available internships in one place for the ease of students searching for experiential learning. Many internships offer real world experiences that lead to a potential for a position after the completion of the internship and a degree program.

Cooperative education programs (“co-ops”) allow you to earn academic credit while working for some of the best companies in Ohio.

Search the Ohio state internship and co-op database, post your resume and learn about all of the great professional development opportunities in Ohio at the OhioMeansInternships website.

If you are an employer, you are encouraged to post your internship and co-op opportunities on this website for maximum visibility for students across the state.

Internships and co-ops are a key component of the State of Ohio’s strategy to connect student talent and businesses. As well, co-ops and internships play an important role in the state’s efforts to attract, retain, and reward students and businesses.

We are here to assist Ohio’s aerospace and defense workers find a position or learn how to expand their skills through degree programs or professional development opportunities that meet the needs of Ohio’s aerospace and defense employers.

Not sure if you need that additional certificate to get that management position? Wondering if you need a master’s degree?

Visit the OhioMeansJobs website to create a profile and search for jobs across Ohio. Soon, on our educational resources page, we will detail the degree and professional development requirements for all Aerospace and Defense positions across Ohio as well as the educational institutions where you can achieve these goals.

The APDC can Help Aerospace and Defense Employers

• Access student talent that can contribute to the Industry mission through internships and co-ops.
• Access students for internship programs from institutions throughout Ohio vital to growing your job-ready workforce.
• Connect professionals with additional training, certifications, or education necessary to meet Industry needs.

Job Seekers

MyCareer: Your Job-Ready Portal

We are here to assist Ohio’s aerospace and defense workers find a position or learn how to expand their skills through degree programs or professional development opportunities that meet the needs of Ohio’s aerospace and defense employers.

Not sure if you need that additional certificate to get that management position? Wondering if you need a master’s degree?

Visit the OhioMeansJobs website to create a profile and search for jobs across Ohio. Soon, on our educational resources page, we will detail the degree and professional development requirements for all Aerospace and Defense positions across Ohio as well as the educational institutions where you can achieve these goals.

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Councils & Committees

SOCHE is dedicated to advancing higher education through active collaboration, resource and knowledge building, and effective professional development programs. To accomplish this, SOCHE administers 16 active Councils and Committees. The purpose of a SOCHE Council or Committee is to provide an opportunity for representatives from higher education to be a resource for one another, share information and best practices, identify common challenges, and, ultimately, broaden awareness of the resources, services, and activities in higher education. SOCHE is also dependent upon the Councils and Committees for substantial input on annual professional development programs.

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