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WISE Pathways: Introducing Careers in Manufacturing

Shawnee State University is partnering with the BESTOhio Sector Partnership to launch a WISE Pathways program to introduce local residents to careers in manufacturing.

This comprehensive career exploration and workplace skills development program is comprised of workshops, leadership development training, and a suite of ongoing supportive services tailored to meet the specific needs of underrepresented populations. Curriculum also includes assessments that direct participants to further portable, stackable credentials and training in targeted fields.

Participants will complete a career plan with the assistance of employer and community partners, as they are introduced to exciting, in-demand careers right here in our community.  

Shawnee State’s Center for Lifelong Learning will launch the WISE Pathways program in September with plans to initially train six cohorts over the next year, including individuals from recovery and re-entry. The training will take place in Ross and Scioto counties. Participants will also complete the Certified Production Technician 4.0 Safety Module. Once the graduates are hired by regional manufacturers, we will work with their new employers to apply for Tech Cred funding to assist the WISE Pathways graduates in completion of the full CPT 4.0 certification (three additional modules).

WISE Pathways is funded through the Ohio Workforce Manufacturing Partnership. Find out more about the WISE Pathways program.

This training is completely free. Food, childcare, and transportation will be provided.

Receive a safety certification through the Certified Production Technician 4.0 program (MSSC) and learn about:

  • Work Habits
  • Team Building
  • Manufacturing Industries
  • Resume Writing
  • Sexual Harassment and Conflict Management
  • Technical Skills
  • Financial Management
  • Resume Review and Application Process
  • Interviewing and Networking


Contact Ali Liles, WISE Pathways Coordinator, by email at or call (740) 935-0444.

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