Where Research Meets Reality

Our vision is to propel our expertise on workforce, communities and education towards healthy urban and rural communities that support well-being and economic prosperity. We occupy a unique position as a translational research center within The Ohio State University’s College of Education and Human Ecology. Guided by an ongoing strategic plan, we are positioning our center to become a prominent translational research center and recognized as a model on a national level. 

The Center on Education and Training for Employment bridges research and practice through work in assessment, equity, engagement and evaluation, corrections education, curriculum and training, professional learning for educators, and family engagement.

Our center is housed within the College of Education and Human Ecology Centers for Practice, Research and Policy (EHE Centers), a collective comprised of three other entrepreneurial hubs with longstanding roots: Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and PolicySchoenbaum Family Center, and Walter E. Dennis Learning Center. Together, these centers provide research and leadership across the lifespan of human learning – from cradle to college and career – and seek to translate that research in ways that inform practice and policy, and ultimately improve human potential.

Our center has also served as an International United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organizations (UNESCO)/ International Centers for Technical and Vocational Education and Training Center (UNEVOC) since 2006. Our work has influenced areas such as human-trafficking; school, family, and community partnerships; and adult education. Throughout our work, we have impacted the lives of families, children, and youth; immigrants; special needs populations; and various professional groups (e.g., students, teachers, managers, and technicians). 

Solving societal problems through the use of an evidence-based intervention to policy development that result in widespread use of proven practices, CETE’s approach to Translational Research includes problem definition & goal setting, development of alternative solutions, setting up criteria for selection, solution selection, implementation and monitoring & evaluation. 

The Center on Education and Training for Employment’s Translational Research approach as described in Common Models and Sub-Processes Inherent to Translational Research: Public Health Examples of Science for the Public Good. Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, 13(2).

The innovations of our associates, research scientists, students, and faculty pushed the boundaries of work through 2020, offering premier services, conducting research, and connecting with communities. The Annual Report showcases the triumphs of 2020 and the new initiatives designed to transform future practices and policies. 

Our Team

Our center personnel is made up of about 60 senior leaders, program leads, associates, faculty, and graduate and undergraduate students working in a productive and intellectually stimulating environment

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Mission & Vision

The Center on Education and Training for Employment is committed to translating research into practices resulting in a prepared and effective workforce and healthy communities

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The Center on Education and Training for Employment hosts an average of 2,000 visitors and guests per year, and offers training and professional development to

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For more than 55 years, we have been a leader in the field now known as workforce development. The center’s long history attests to our

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