With more than 50 members in the Manufacturing Industry, the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce offers multiple resources specifically targeted toward the industry, including a monthly meeting called the Manufacturers Roundtable. Led by Bill Wersell, Vice President of Business Development Services at the Chamber, the group meets monthly to discuss industry-wide trends and challenges.
Two years ago, the Chamber launched the Career Tour, led by the Advocacy and Public Policy staff at the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of the Career Tour is to put successful business owners, educators, guidance counselors and students together to discuss career opportunities. The APP also collaborates directly with K-12 Education Partners to strengthen career tech programs and help transform the future of the region’s workforce.
One way that this is accomplished is through our annual Morning Access program. Each October the Chamber brings together business and education leaders to further the conversation about the opportunities and needs of the region.
Says Brian Dicken, Vice President of Advocacy & Public Policy, “By partnering with local manufacturers and education systems, we’ve been able to identify shortages in the workforce and opportunities for curriculum development to ensure that every high school graduate is career or college ready.” It is the goal of TRCC that every student graduating from high school should have the necessary skills to become employed, enrolled in additional training or higher education, or enlisted in the defense of our nation. “Our staff works to ensure that the region’s employers have the skilled employees necessary to sustain and grow their business,” says Dicken. “By partnering with both the manufacturing industry and educational providers, we identify and facilitate programs that are responsive to both party’s needs.”
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Emily Dammeyer is the Communications Manager for the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce. She has a Bachelor's degree from Miami University in Organizational Communication.