Skilled Labor Foundation
We understand that a traditional four-year college or university is not for everyone. The initiatives first component is hosting annual community advocacy events targeted towards middle school students to raise awareness for the benefits of a career in the skilled labor industry. One Step Ahead Ohio also helps selected high school seniors offset the costs of post-high school skilled labor education for underserved, economically disadvantaged students.
The second component provides the long-term financial foundation for educational institution support and growth through annual development grants including but not limited to new training equipment, increasing class room capability, and additional hands-on courses.
Hosting annual fundraising events as well as a paid in advisor board seats from generous donors across the skilled labor industry. We then put that money into income earning equities managed by Farmers Trust Co, to provide yearly recurring scholarships for high school graduates across Mahoning, Trumbull, Ashtabula & Cuyahoga county.
The 2028 goal is to establish a minimum foundation endowment of $250,000. This is when the local early education institutions focused on skilled labor work force development are able to apply for grants provided by the foundations second component as listed above.