WorkDev is a team of professionals in Knox County, Ohio collaborating on ways they can help businesses and job seekers make connections and advance skills & knowledge.
We seek to identify and fill information gaps and to provide solutions for both employers & employees.
The original group was named the too-long-to-type “Workforce Development Alliance Group” – we shortened it to WorkDev and the name stuck.
The main areas of focus include training opportunities, a discussion network for Human Resources professionals and exposure to local careers for students.
Knox County Career Navigator
The Knox County Career Navigator helps direct high school juniors and seniors toward available high-demand jobs that don’t require a four-year college degree. The Career Navigator aims to bridge the gap between trained workers and unfilled jobs in the skilled trades.
The current Career Navigator, Sean McCutcheon, regularly presents to local high school classes about career options, and meets one on one with students to help connect them to the best opportunities available.
Sean connects with local companies to create profiles. Sean and a company representative will create a short presentation with details about the company, which Sean uses to educate students on the possible local career opportunities.
Sean McCutcheon – Career Navigator
Central Ohio Technical College
The Knox County Campus offers degree and certification programs in:
- Art & Sciences
- Business & IT
- Engineering Technologies
- Healthcare Careers
- Public Service & Safety
Flexible class schedules that cater to unique work hours, with in-person and online options.
Sandra Y. Walker – Dean of Technical Studies
Knox Technical Center
Offers adult education programs in:
Welding, HVAC, Maintenance technician, STNA & LPN to RN, Medical Assistance, EMT & Fire, Administrative Assistance
Organizations can host KTC at their facilities for customized classes based on the organization’s employment needs. Classes include:
- Business: Microsoft Office, Leadership, Customer Service, Employee Handbooks
- Healthcare: Billing, Coding, Industry CEU’s
- Manufacturing/Construction: CAD, CAM, Blueprint, OSHA_10, Welding, Platform Certification, Forklift Certification
Kim Williams – Development Coordinator
Mount Vernon Nazarene University
Offer Undergraduate Degree opportunities in over 25 fields. Often seeking internship/placement opportunities for:
Engineering: Mechanical, Electrical, Computer Science
Business: Accounting, Management, Marketing, HR
Healthcare: Nursing, Psychology, Communication Science, Physical Therapy
Education: Early Childhood, Middle School, High School, All Subjects
For Graduate and Professional Studies there are online programs in:
Business: Data Analytics, Accounting, Logistics, Marketing, HR, Finance, Management
Healthcare: Administrations, Intervention Specialist, Nursing, Social Services
Gary Swisher – Director of Career Development
(740) 397-9000 ext. 4618
Knox County Career Center
Offers programs for high school age students to become educated and certified in various fields including:
Industrial/Manufacturing: Construction Trades, Welding, Precision Machining, Automotive Repair & Collision Repair, Landscape Design
Service/Care Industries: Education, Computer Networking, Business Management, Culinary Arts, Software Development, Health Technologies, Exercise Science, Cosmetology
KCCC is constantly seeking community partners that will accept students for placement/work opportunities while in school to encourage more seamless hiring after graduation.
Beth Marhefka – Career Placement & Development Coordinator
Is an organization that utilizes Ohio Means Jobs resources to connect employers with job seekers in Knox County. They offer many services for all levels of professional development including:
- Resume help
- Interview Practice and Advice
- General Reading and Writing
And, many others.