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Workforce Training: Columbus, Pella 1(A)

We've provided 11 additional active workforce training/educational programs for people looking to get into manufacturing jobs in Columbus, OH, and Pella, IA, in the attached spreadsheet. Find below a summary of our findings and our research strategy.


  • In the Advanced Manufacturing Program from the Career-Technical Education, students can learn to operate machinery, measurements, operation manuals, and more and earn a 2-year tech certificate.
  • Columbus City Schools have a program of career certificates online for adults and underrepresented communities in collaboration with Ed2Go. They offer two online courses called Manufacturing Fundamentals and Manufacturing Applications.
  • Career Prep Schools has a Skilled Trades Program taught in Mason Run High School in Columbus, OH. The education is offered to youth and adults, providing a certificate in manufacturing, cosmetology, construction, and more. The topics covered include safety techniques, use of power tools, and skills needed for the OSH-10 and NCCER certifications.
  • MEP offers manufacturing training and education for companies and students. Its manufacturing certificate program is delivered in Columbus State under the Integrated Systems Technology e-Learning program, and it includes a range of courses in different fields and manufacturing interests.
  • The Modern Manufacturing Work-Study (MMWS) program created by Columbus State allows students to join an apprenticeship in manufacturing to advance their career.
  • The Pella Community School District has an apprenticeship program that allows students to participate in different manufacturing companies for a day to learn about welding and engineering.

Research Strategy

For this research on active workforce training/educational programs for people looking to get into manufacturing jobs in Columbus, OH, and Pella, IA, we leveraged the most reputable sources of information, including government, schools, colleges, and universities websites; manufacturing information sources, manufacturing companies, and trusted news and media sources. We focused primarily on finding programs focused on Youth, Veterans, Women, and DE&I.

However, most programs that focused on these particular groups had already been included in the spreadsheet. For this reason, most of the information we were able to add focused on Youth, like school and college students hoping to join the manufacturing industry through education like internships, certification, apprenticeships, and degree programs.
Additionally, some programs didn't have the full contact information, cost, length, or requirements. In cases where this wasn't available, we marked them as NA in the spreadsheet.

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