10 Students Earn Credentials Through YSU/NOCC Partnership

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Core Civic’s Northeast Ohio Correctional Center will host a graduation from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Tuesday for 10 students being recognized for earning credentials through a Youngstown State University partnership program.

In summer 2022, YSU announced the new workforce development initiative with the NEOCC, a nondegree short-term credential program providing incarcerated individuals an opportunity to earn in-demand industry credentials through YSU’s Division of Workforce Education and Innovation.

Upon completion of the program, students will earn the Tooling University Certified Manufacturing Associate, an IRC, focused on basic manufacturing concepts, demonstrating an individual’s potential for high-demand, entry-level manufacturing roles.

Youngstown Mayor Jamael Tito Brown will be the keynote speaker for the event.

David Janofa, YSU’s Division of Workforce Education and Innovation’s associate vice president, will also speak during the awarding of certificates.

Three of the 10 students graduating will be awarded two IRC’s, the CMfgA and the Robotics in Manufacturing Fundamentals.

Since the partnership/program launch, 39 students have passed the certification exam, 42 credentials have been issued, 39 CMfgAs have been earned and three RMF certificates have been granted.

Fifty-four students are enrolled at NEOCC, and seven are enrolled at Lake Erie Correctional Institution.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.