Workforce Development Innovation Center

Workforce Development Innovation Center

16 WDIC Logo.jpegThe Workforce Development Innovation Center develops programs & courses that provide innovative solutions to your specific business and industry challenges; helping your workforce to develop the skills, knowledge, and abilities they need to succeed. We offer customized contract training that ranges from technical skill enhancement and safety certifications, to soft skills development and professional designation exam preparation.

Our commitment and charge is to improve the skills of the workforce, helping to grow economic development in Ohio; providing a competitive edge and furthering the mission of COTC: "to meet the technical education and training needs of students and employers in the area."

The WDIC forms strategic alliances with industry partners to provide customized solutions that are:

• Cost-effective;

• Offered at your site or one of the four COTC campuses;

• Tailored as either for-college-credit or non-credit courses; and

• Delivered by industry and academic experts.


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Management and Leadership Training

Sensitivity/Cultural Diversity
Customer Service & Human Relations
Time & Stress Management
Team Building & Effective Meetings
Leading Quality Interviews
…and more!

Plus, allow us to customize the Leadership Management series, Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders Today:
1.0 Temperament Basics
1.1 Leadership Basics
1.2 Interpersonal Communication
1.3 Generational Differences
1.4 Coaching for Success
1.5 Conflict Resolution
1.6 Performance Management
1.7 LEAN Basics
*Especially beneficial for recently promoted supervisors & managers or those with recognized potential in their transition from ‘front-line’ to ‘leadership.’​

Environmental, Safety and Health Training

SafeLand & SafeGulf
Drug-Free Workplace
Electrical Safety & Fire Prevention
Emergency Response & Contingency Planning
Incident/Accident Investigations
Basic Safety & ALICE
ISO/QMS 9001:2015 Revision Overview
ISO/QMS 9001:2015 Gap Analysis & Review of Systems

Plus, Emergency Medical Services training in:
General EMS Continuing Ed
Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support (PTLS)
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
AHA CPR for Health Care Providers
AHA Heartsaver Community CPR/AED/First Aid
Paramedic Refresher
… and more, including many OPOTA courses.​​

Technical Skills and Computer Training

Microsoft Word, Excel, & Office
Microsoft PowerPoint, & Publisher
Microsoft Outlook, Project, & Access
Windows 2000 & XP
Technical Writing
Computer Aided Drafting (CAD)
Blueprint Reading
Theory of Constraints (TOC)
Statistical Process Control (SPC)
Social Media Basics​
...and more!​


Now offering Culinary Workshops too!

Culinary Skills & Fundamentals… knife skills, presenting & garnishing, plus stocks/sauces/soups/eggs.
Baking, Pastry, & Desserts... principles of baking, plus syrups/creams/icings/sauces.
Wine & Cheese Pairings… experience an array of fine international cheeses and New World wines.
Coming soon: Home Brewing… brew an all-grain beer and explore the history & chemistry of brewing!

Vicki Maple Thank you for your interest in the Workforce Development Innovation Center at COTC where our purpose and our promise is to improve the skills of the workforce and grow economic development in Ohio; providing a competitive edge and furthering the mission of COTC "to meet the technical education and training needs of students and employers in the area."

While each of us manufacture, produce, and/or distribute a different type of product or service, one thing we have in common is workforce demand.

The most commonly identified needs and challenges I hear range from filling the pipeline and keeping it filled with skilled labor, to addressing training needs and skills gaps during this point in time which we call "a graying workforce in a rebounding economy." We would like to opportunity to explore your workforce challenges, and help create the solutions!

Perhaps you are seeking a more credentialed, a more highly skilled, or a cross-trained workforce. Please remember that from a "for-college-credit" standpoint, we can create a cohort with as few as 10 or 12 committed participants from your organization. We can even take a look at their individual current and prior work experience, as well as their prior learning/educational/training experiences, and in some cases, apply credit for that… taking them that much closer to receiving their degree or to celebrating a milestone with an in-house certificate.

It's all possible, and you have MY promise… you have OUR promise… to work with you and for you!

We look forward to partnering with you and to developing strong alliances with you; creating those strategically reciprocal relationships, and bridging those gaps! Please allow us the opportunity. 

Vicki Maple, M.Ed.

Vice President, Workforce Development, Community Affairs & Extended Campuses

"Never Stop Learning Because Life Never Stops Teaching." – This is our mantra at the Lifelong Learning Institutealso managed through the WDIC. Click in to explore a world of learning available for the senior population of Central Ohio!

Remember: We also review prior learning experience and prior work experience for potential college credit, plus there are options for stackable certificates that lead to degree completion. Click here to learn about our Associate of Technical Studies program that YOU can design for yourself! 

Contact the WDIC to explore workforce solutions that work for you!

For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kim Manno,

Assistant Director of Development




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Agenda 08-21-18 revisedhttp://webprod.cotc.edu/Communities/Documents/Agenda 08-21-18 revised.pdfAgenda 08-21-18 revised
2016-2017http://webprod.cotc.edu/Communities/Documents/COTC Faculty and Staff Demographics Report_2017.pdf2016-2017
Summer Semesterhttp://webprod.cotc.edu/Communities/Documents/18SM 15th Day Summer Admissions Report.pdfSummer Semester
COTC Historical HC-FTE Table (1971-present)http://webprod.cotc.edu/Communities/Documents/COTC Historical HC-FTE Table.pdfCOTC Historical HC-FTE Table (1971-present)
Summer Semester 2018http://webprod.cotc.edu/Communities/Documents/18SM 15th Day Campus-Level Student Demographic_Program_Course Statistics_WEB.pdfSummer Semester 2018

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