Toledo Economic Workforce

Access to Expertise: Northwest Ohio’s Skilled Labor Pool

Critical to every international business considering a new facility in a foreign market is the quality of workforce available to them. With a rich history in automotive, advanced manufacturing, agribusiness, biosciences and polymers, Northwest Ohio has established a tradition of excellence among its labor force.

Northwest Ohio is home to a large supply of fresh college graduates each year, as well as long-time engineers, machinists, and tool and die specialists, and a vast collection of experienced executives trained by the top corporations in the world. We also adapt well to new industries, with alternative energy and high-tech both emerging clusters.

Statewide, Ohio provides the resources needed to ensure that your investment in the U.S. maximizes its return. The state is home to more than 200 institutions of higher education—one of the top concentrations on a per capita basis in the country—with more than 80,000 degrees conferred each year (associate, bachelor and graduate level).


Higher Education in Northwest Ohio

Bioscience StudentBusinesses will find a strong and dedicated labor pool backed by an outstanding educational system that includes more than 200,000 undergraduate and graduate students at one of the 30 institutions of higher learning within a 60-mile radius. Our local community colleges are available and eager to work with the private sector for specialized training programs to ensure your employment needs are current. Last year alone, nearly 1,000 companies partnered with Ohio’s schools for skills training. A spirit of cooperation and a commitment to collaborate among the private sector and higher education has played a valuable role in helping businesses succeed.

The Northwest Ohio region is home to the following institutions:RGP- NWO - Toledo map

  1. University of Toledo:
    UT holds 125 patents and $60 million in research and grants. The College of Engineering graduate programs were ranked 18th in the nation by the Princeton Review. The graduate program in occupational therapy is ranked in the top 10 percent nationwide by U.S. News and World Report.
  2. Bowling Green State University:
    Home to the world’s only doctoral program in photochemical sciences.
  3. Defiance College
  4. Heidelberg University
  5. Lourdes University
  6. Ohio Northern University
  7. Owens Community College
  8. Northwest State Community College
  9. Terra Community College
  10. Tiffin University
  11. University of Findlay
  12. University of Northwest Ohio

Dozens of other specialized colleges and technical schools are located in Northwest Ohio that can work with you to ensure your workforce training needs are met. A full list of schools is located here.