The mission of the Ottawa County Business Advisory Council is to engage the business and education communities to understand and support the educational and employment needs within Ottawa County.

The Ottawa County Business Advisory Council (BAC) was established in the summer of 2014 as a means for business leaders and K-12 educational leaders to partner together to understand and support employment needs within Ottawa County. In addition, the BAC has a goal to engage our youth in better understanding the career opportunities available in their community.  Members of the BAC consist of representatives from education (superintendents and principals), business leaders for Ottawa County’s leading industry sectors and local community partners like the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation (OCIC) and United Way in Ottawa County (United Way).

The BAC was established based on the efforts of the OCIC and United Way to build a stronger relationship between education and business in an effort to develop a pipeline for our future workforce.  Through OCIC Retention & Expansion program, businesses in the industrial, manufacturing and professional sectors continuously express their growing concerns for meeting current and future employment needs.  Regular business outreach through the OCIC’s R&E program has proven that more needs to be done to promote skilled trades and professional careers within Ottawa County.

It is the goal of the BAC to support implementation of every initiative on the Career Development Roadmap.  We believe that 100% of Ottawa County students should graduate from high school with a plan for their future.  While Ottawa County school graduation rates are above the state average, the BAC believes that every student should graduate from high school with a solid foundation and plan for future career, college, military and/or vocational employment. The BAC aims to educate and expose Ottawa County students to the skills and continuing education needed to fill in-demand jobs in Ohio, with an emphasis on Ottawa County.

CEO Program

High School Junior and Senior students have an opportunity to earn high school credits for participating in our Career Engagement Opportunies (CEO) Internship Program.  The CEO Internship program will provide students with a pathway between school and work.  Students develop entry level skills in a specific occupation, practice career management, and prepare for employment all while earning high school credit.

The CEO Internship has several benefits:

  • Students can earn 1 credit for every 60 hours of internship time
  • The internship is flexible and presents a wide-range of possibilities for hours/schedules (i.e. – can be done afterschool, during school, weekends, etc)
  • The internship gives the students an opportunity to “test the waters” of a desired occupation.

If you are interested in learning more about the CEO Internship Program or would be interested in participating to give a student a meaningful work experience, please contact Gaye Winterfield at 419-898-6242 or

Video Testimonials

Jeffrey Winterfield
Interned at Port Clinton Police Department and Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office

Logan Martinez
Interned at the Ottawa County Common Pleas Court

Ottawa County Career Showcase

The Ottawa County Career Showcase is collaborative effort between private sector and K-12 education, and is hosted by the Ottawa County Business Advisory Council. This event has set the stage for students to engage with local companies and learn about career opportunities that exist in the same communities where they live, play and learn.

The companies are able to engage students in different hands-on activities that demonstrate skill sets necessary to excel in a broad cross section of careers including CNC, culinary/hospitality, electrical, engineering, emerging healthcare, machine operation, maintenance and welding. Businesses who participate in the event include: Materion Brush, Magruder Hospital, Davis Besse, Graymont Dolime and more.


The Skilled Trades Apprenticeship Readiness Training (START) program is a joint venture between Terra State Community College and Materion to introduce the skilled trades to local high school students. Terra State faculty and staff worked with Materion staff to develop an educational, yet fun, hands on summer camp. The high school students completed hands on activities in four areas: Automotive Services, HVAC, Machining, and Welding & Fabrication

START Camp 2017 Flyer