Choose Your Own Career Path

A four-year college is just one of many options 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


Streamline Your Career

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





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

At Firelands Forward, we want to inform you of ALL your options. Whether you choose a four-year degree pathway, trade/tech school pathway, or you enter the workforce after your high school graduation. 

There are pros and cons to each route. Get in touch with your guidance counselor or contact our office to discover available options. 


Schools & Resources Near You

Erie County Students!

Join the Erie County Alumni Network. Stay connected to job opportunities and other resources post-graduation. Scan or click on the QR Code with your phone or other device, fill out our simple intake form, and stayed connected.

Powered by the Erie County Business Advisory Council. Available to Erie County students as this time.

Jumpstart or Grow Your

Professional Network

North Coast Young Professionals aims to provide networking and social opportunities to professionals under the age of 45, who work and/or reside in the Shores & Islands, Ohio region. They are dedicated to finding new ways for young adults to grow socially and professionally.

Applying for a Minor Work Permit?

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Events, Tips & Resources

The Greater Sandusky Partnership (GSP) and the Erie County Economic Development Corporation (ECEDC)

Below is a press release jointly published by the GSP and ECEDC- For nearly five years, the business community in the Erie County and Sandusky region have been pursuing the creation of an integrated economic development organization to drive population and investment...

Erie County Workforce Fair Connects Students and Businesses for Future Success

Erie County, OH — The Erie County Business Advisory Council is thrilled to announce the successful completion of the Erie County Workforce Fair. Spearheaded by the Erie County Economic Development Corporation and Firelands Forward, the event brought together seven...

Erie County Students Exposed to Information Technology Careers

SANDUSKY, OH – Firelands Forward, North Point Education Service Center, Erie County Economic Development Corporation, and the Erie County Business Advisory Council conducted its first Student Boot Camp, a new innovative way to expose our students to workforce...

Firelands Tourism, Hospitality, and Main Street Business Alliance awarded state grant

The Firelands Tourism, Hospitality, and Main Street Business Alliance has been awarded an Industry Sector Partnership grant by the Ohio Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation.   The grant was one of 13 totaling $2.45 million announced by Lt. Gov. Jon Husted on...

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