Our Mission

Empowerment Through Education

Workforce Prep Overview

Do you know the skills necessary for success in the 21st century workforce? Did you know that you are developing these skills in your 4-H projects, school clubs, sports teams, and activities?

Sometimes figuring out what skills you have gained and how to translate them into something useful, such as a job application, can be difficult.

image_girlthinkingWhat can you do well?

What are your favorite activities?

What are your biggest accomplishments?

What are your best skills?


The projects and programs you participate in through 4-H, school, and other clubs and activities teach you skills that can be helpful to you in many aspects of your life whether at home, school, or in the workplace. These are the same skills that employeers and college admission boards will look for when you apply to them.

First, let’s define different types of skills:

Technical skills: skills that are specific to a job, such as welding, baking bread, etc.

Workforce skills: skills that apply to many jobs, such as:image_criticalthinking

  • Problem Solving
  • Creativity
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Showing initiative
  • Time management
  • Critical Thinking


Those skills described as workforce skills are those that employers look for the most!


The “Knowledge Economy” of the 21st Century

Historically, Ohio’s economy has been dominated by its agricultural and manufacturing sectors benefiting from competitive advantages in location and rich natural resources, coupled with plentiful labor and capital. While these factors remain important, the nature of work and economic structures have been constantly evolving. Knowledge and innovation will provide the competitive advantages in the future.