In demand skilled labor now on demand.
Custom Build Your Next
Workforce With NextWork.
We believe that Students + Industry = Possibility.
NextWork offers early exposure to manufacturing careers. Our
program begins creating an appreciation for the opportunity
as early as 4th grade. For students who identify as having a
strong interest in entering the workforce directly following
high school, NextWork provides a connection to internships
and training programs customized by employers who wish to
start cultivating their workforce of tomorrow, today.
Mission: The Lake and Geauga Counties Manufacturing/K-12
Partnership’s mission is to provide quality job opportunities
to its students by providing exposure, training, and life skills
required to be successful in a manufacturing environment,
while helping to sustain and expand manufacturing in Lake
and Geauga Counties.
Meets Community Benefit.
Create a NextWork profile and begin finding potential candidates
to join your workforce.
Employers who partner with NextWork build their workforce,
decrease human resources efforts and training time while
contributing to their community. Every job creates a virtuous
cycle as employment strengthens the local economy, and a
stronger local economy strengthens companies.
- Participate in embedded career exposure through the school year (Career Day, Professional Speaker Series)
- Build career backpack
- Career exposure through the school year – site visits, internships and job shadowing
- Develop a plan for their high school courses based on plan
- Meet with school cotunselor to review their plan
- Review college application process and requirements
- Spend two days in field (2 career days, 2 college visit days, or1 career/college visit)
- 2.5 week senior project
Individual students participate in one-day job shadowing experiences.The goal is for a student to have a personal experience in the workplace, they go on four experiences in the 10th and 11th grade
A project-based experience in which the students work with a team to develop a “real” project. The internship is a several week experience.
Students hear from people from a variety of industries and careers. The speakers share their story and experiences with the students. The speakers reach all the way down to the elementary school.
Large groups of students visit work sites and learn directly from company employees about their roles and responsibilities. Students experience what goes on at each site.
A Sampling of Partnering Organizations:
- Swagelok Manufacturing
- Universal Metal Products,
- Lake Health Healthcare
- WVIZ Technology
- Lakeland Community College
- Fredon Corporation
- Lost Nation Airport
- Component Repair Technologies
38% of employers consider internships
when selecting candidates from a large
pool of business school graduates.
“ The experience and skills I am
gaining put me in a position to
get a good job after graduating
and advance my career.”
Wickliffe High School Student
Intern at Swagelok Corporation
This program has allowed me to see more
opportunities than just being a high school athlete
and student. It is giving me the skills to be successful
in the manufacturing industry. The experience and
skills I am gaining put me in a position to get a good
job after graduating and advance my career.
“There’s nothing like this program.
It’s so hands on and I’m learning
things that will have a serious
impact on my future.”
Wickliffe High School Student
Intern at Fredon Corporation
This is a great program because there’s an
opportunity to learn about all aspects of manufac-
turing. There’s more that goes on than machinery.
That’s usually all you hear about but there’s other
important roles, so if you have other interests, it’s
still worth looking into. There’s nothing like this
program. It’s so hands on and I’m learning things
that will have a serious impact on my future. I’m
excited to begin my career in manufacturing.
“NextWork = Local
Universal Metal Products, Inc.
Nextwork = Local Work Force Development.
Universal Metal Products, Inc.’s future depends on
it. Students win by being exposed to the opportuni-
ties within the manufacturing environment and they
develop lifetime work skills and behavior. Employers
win by obtaining a motivated and skilled work force.
Best of all, we retain these students and future
employees in our community.
“We’re trying to convince students,
parents, and America that you can
make a great living without getting
If every company in America did what we’re trying
to do, there would never be a workforce shortage.
We’re trying to convince students, parents, and
America that you can make a great living without
getting a degree. A career in manufacturing can
be very rewarding.
How to Get Involved
Talk with the NextWork
Connecting with NextWork is easy. Talk with the
NextWork Governing Board and they will help you
get started. Our consultants will discuss program
options with you and help build your workforce.
Register for the Online Portal
Create a Profile
for your company
and review potential candidate
There are hundreds of eager students waiting to learn more
about the manufacturing industry. Find out where to reach
them through NextWork.