The Ottawa County Skilled Trades Academy (STA) is a comprehensive, credit-based skilled trades program for high school seniors. The purpose of this academy is to educate and expose Ottawa County students to the skills and continuing education needed to fill in-demand jobs in Ohio.

The Ottawa County Skilled Trades Academy includes classroom instruction from Northwest State Community College’s Core Manufacturing & Logistics Skills (CMLS) Program curriculum and hands-on lab activities in the designated workshop area that will prepare students to take the MSSC Certified Production Technician exams/assessments. The Ottawa County Skilled Trades Academy has been certified by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC).

The MSSC is a 501c3 non-profit, industry-led training, assessment and certification system focused on the core skills and knowledge needed by the nation’s front-line technicians. The Certified Production Technician (CPT) Certification addresses the core technical competencies of higher skilled production technicians in all sectors of manufacturing.


  • OSHA 10-Hour Course – seniors can receive their OSHA 10-Hour card (industry credential), along with entrepreneurship and ethics components.
  • CPR/AED Training – seniors can receive their CPR/AED card and gain lifesaving skills that can help them respond to emergencies.
  • Forklift Training – seniors can participate in forklift training and become a certified forklift operator, in compliance with OSHA laws.


If you are interested in a tour of the facility and speaking with our Skilled Trades Academy Instructor, please contact Ashley Spangler. We encourage you to speak with you school counselor or career readiness coordinator before you register.

Registration for the 2023/24 program year opens on January 9, 2023. If you are a Junior and are interested in attending the Skilled Trades Academy your Senior year, please fill out the form at that time. The deadline for the program is March 31, 2023.

Once you submit your submission form, it will be reviewed by members of the Business Advisory Council. We will contact you if there are any questions/concerns. You will find out that you have been accepted into the program before the end of the 2022/23 school year (May 2023).

Student Information

You will receive a copy of your application.
Your parent/guardian will receive a copy of your application.

School Information

Your School Counselor/Career Readiness Coordinator will receive a copy of your application.

Student Questions


By signing below, we (student and parent/guardian) acknowledge the following:

"We have been made aware of the details of this program. We understand that this application does not necessarily mean that the student will be accepted into the program. We understand that the student would be subject to all high school rules and school board policies throughout this program. We understand and agree that the student’s participation in this program may be terminated at any time for any reason, and that in this case, the student would be required to report back to their high school."

Email Confirmation

Once you submit the completed form, you will receive an email confirmation along with a copy of your application (be sure to check your junk/spam folder).

Please email with questions.

For questions, please contact: Ashley Spangler | Career Exploration & Development