Educating Tomorrow's Workforce

Northern Kentucky is committed to educating a robust workforce that is ready for the industry of tomorrow. Through initiatives like the Ignite Institute, What's So Cool About Manufacturing, and Making it Real: Girls in Manufacturing, the region is dedicated to showcasing to students at the middle school and high school levels the opportunities that will be available to them in STEM and advanced manufacturing jobs.

Ignite Institute

In a lasting legacy to the Northern Kentucky community, Toyota is donating its laboratory space to the Ignite Institute to develop a STEAM-focused education center to serve the region. Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin announced a $6.8 million Work Ready Skills Initiative grant to Boone County schools to turn the lab into a school, which will open to students in Fall 2019.

What's So Cool About Manufacturing?

Through Dream It Do It OKI, Northern Kentucky middle schoolers explain What's So Cool About Manufacturing. This annual contest pairs middle school students with Northern Kentucky manufacturers to learn about manufacturing processes and career opportunities.

In 2016, in large part because of events like this one, Partners for a Competitive Workforce reached nearly 15,000 youths about potential careeers in manufacturing.

Check out what our workforce of tomorrow has to say about manufacturing today:

ATech Training & Tichenor Middle School


Bosch Automotive Steering & Gray Middle School


HAHN Automation & Ludlow Middle School


L'Oreal & Grant County Middle School


Mazak & RA Jones Middle School


Mitsubishi Electric & Mason County Middle School


Mubea & Holmes Middle School


Safran Landing Systems & Sharp Middle School