Sector Partnership​

In light of the rapid pace of change in 5G wireless systems, we must consider not only the current state- of-the-art of 5G wireless systems in this endeavor, but also how they would evolve and expand in years to come. This translates into understanding the needs and constraints of existing systems and predicting, and shaping, their future, as well. Based on these two important aspects, the workforce development catering to the immediate needs of such communication systems must be accompanied by the education and preparation of the workforce of the future. 

Members of the Sector Partnership provides advice and recommendations based on their knowledge areas to The Ohio State University and WIA as they implement Ohio’s broadband and 5G workforce strategy. ​


Industry ​



Fiber Broadband Association (FBA)​

Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio (AICUO)​

Broadband Ohio​


Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd)​

Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation (OWT)​

NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association​

Inter-University Council (IUC)​


NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association​

Ohio ACTE​

Ohio Department of Education (ODE)​

Ohio Cable Telecom Association (OCTA)​

Ohio Association of Career Technical Superintendents (OACTS)​

Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE)​

Ohio Telecom Association (OTA)​

Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC)​

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS)​

Ohio Wireless Association (OWA)​

Ohio Excels​

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC)​

Power & Communication Contractors Association (PCCA)​

The Management Council (MCOECN)​

Ohio Department of Veteran Services (ODVS)​

Team Fishel​

TRC Companies, Inc.​



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Working Groups

Curriculum and Program Development

Curriculum and Program Development

Lead – Ohio State University and WIA

Create industry-focused curriculum on 5G and broadband technologies ​

​Develop  education and training programs​

Translate employers' skills requirements for non-degree and degree program options


Internship, Apprenticeship​ Entry Level Employment

Internship, Apprenticeship​ Entry Level Employment

Lead – JFS & ApprenticeshipOhio​

Provide technical assistance to employers on registered apprenticeship (RA)​

​Create new occupations for RA programs​

Identify internship and entry-level opportunities with employers and connect them with the schools and colleges participating in and benefitting from the sector partnership

Data Collection, Analytics, Evaluation​

Data Collection, Analytics, Evaluation​

Lead – OERC​

Identify current educational/training assets in Ohio for broadband/5G​

Conduct Job requirement analysis​

Help create surveys for industry and academia, and conduct data analysis​




Outreach, Marketing, Awareness ​

Outreach, Marketing, Awareness ​

Lead – WIA​

Lead the marketing and outreach efforts to promote the programs and solutions designed through this partnership ​

​Bring Career Awareness around broadband industry through strategic social media and marketing activities