NSCC, Marsh Foundation & Van Wert JFS Partner on Youth Training

Northwest State Community College’s Custom Training Solutions, Van Wert Ohio Jobs & Family Services and the Marsh Foundation delivered a youth Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician (CPT) training class. This course is a 120-hour program that consists of the following four topics: safety, quality practices, manufacturing processes & production, and maintenance awareness. Each topic is a 40-hour overview of basic industrial knowledge skills.

The intense twelve-week program, which ran September to December, 2019, was needed to serve the student population that typically has a limited stay at the Van Wert facility. The CPT certification is an industry-recognized credential that supports learners to begin careers in the manufacturing field.

Robbie Breese, the site principal and director of education at the Marsh Foundation, stated, “We are very grateful that we were able to participate in this program. We had eight students complete the program with two earning their full Certified Production Technician credential. Northwest State was very flexible in helping accommodate our ever changing needs throughout the duration program. Our students were able to learn about job skills in the manufacturing industry. We hope to continue to partner with Northwest State Community College in fulfilling the mission of The Marsh Foundation: To inspire hope, to teach, and to care for children and families.”

Jim Drewes, director of workforce at Northwest State Community College, commented, “Northwest State Community College serves learners of many styles in Northwest Ohio. Our skill building and upskilling programs serves local businesses by delivering the skills needed to provide good paying jobs with local companies.” Drewes also noted that Northwest State offers short-term training in automotive repair basics, construction basics and CDL topics in similar settings, to aid direct-to-job efforts.


The Marsh Foundation School is an alternative school in Van Wert, OH. Housed in a complex of historic buildings along the former Lincoln Highway, the school and an associated children’s home were founded to serve impoverished children throughout northwest Ohio. Additional information is available at marshfoundation.org, or by calling 419.238.1695.


Custom Training Solutions is a division of Northwest State Community College. This partnership gives our clients access to Cutting-edge training on the topics that are most relevant to business and industry, state-of-the-art labs, classrooms and equipment, three conveniently-located training facilities (Archbold, Van Wert and Toledo), training designed to meet customers’ needs: individual courses, industry-recognized certificates and credentials & associate degree programs, and training that can come direct to clients via video conference or mobile lab units. Additional information is available at trainwithcts.com, or by calling 419.267.1332.