Choose Your Own Career Path

A four year college isn’t your only option when it comes to a fulfilling – and sustainable career. 

The demand for Skilled Labor has never been higher. With shorter programs, smaller classes, and abundant hands-on training, trade schools often lead to well-paying jobs with higher than average salaries, job security and other benefits. 

Streamline Your Career

Erie, Huron & Ottawa County have endless career opportunities – many of which don’t require a Bachelor’s degree.

Hospitality

Construction

Healthcare

Manufacturing

Tech & Engineering

Explore Your Future

Explore and immerse yourself into local industries through video, worksheets, articles and more to find out which career is right for you.

The Benefits of a Trade/Tech School v. Four Year College

Firelands Forward was commissioned by The Firelands Partnership – a business driven engine dedicated to advancing economic competitiveness and quality of life in the Firelands region.

Schools & Resources Near You

Jumpstart or Grow Your Professional Network

North Coast Young Professionals is a community of emerging leaders who are making a positive impact where they live by joining us, you will make friends, make a difference and become a vital part of the Lake Erie Shores and Islands region: socially and professionally.

Events, Tips & Resources

2021 Annual Meeting Awards

Erie County Economic Development Corporation (ECEDC) gathered over 250 partners, investors, and guests at Cedar Point’s Lakeside Pavilion to celebrate the extraordinary growth and development of Erie County over the past year. Each year, ECEDC acknowledges the...

You don’t need a bachelor’s degree to land a high-paying job

You don't need a bachelor's degree to land a high-paying job It's common knowledge at this point that the more education you have, the more money you'll make. Studies have shown that, on average, someone with a bachelor's degree will earn more than someone with an...

The Importance of Skilled Trades

The Importance of Skilled Trades High school and even junior high school students have a lot of pressure to prepare for college and earn a degree. For a lot of people, going to college is an automatic choice when they complete high school. But is it always the right...

Trade School Perception Improves During Pandemic

Trade School Perception Improves During PandemicTrade school has long struggled to gain recognition as a worthy alternative to four-year college, but the pandemic is changing perceptions, with one-third of Americans now viewing trade school as a more favorable option...

2021 Annual Meeting Awards

Erie County Economic Development Corporation (ECEDC) gathered over 250 partners, investors, and guests at Cedar Point’s Lakeside Pavilion to celebrate the extraordinary growth and development of Erie County over the past year.Each year, ECEDC acknowledges the county’s...

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