History

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 ability to anticipate changing conditions and evolve as the nature of work has evolved, while sustaining focus on improving the field of workforce development. We continue to influence the dialogue among that system’s four sectors — lifelong education and training, public policy, employers, and the workforce.

Now a part of The Ohio State University’s College of Education and Human Ecology, we serve as a translational research center conducting scholarship, supporting students and staff engaged in research and development, and using expertise on the topics of education, workforce, and community development to create learning opportunities.