The MVMC has grown from a core group of manufacturers to a full coalition of K-12 schools, workforce development partners, community colleges, universities, community-based organizations, and funders in the Mahoning Valley Region. Over the last five years, the MVMC has attracted and directed over $20 million in grants, scholarships, and membership dues to its programs. This includes work with local and regional foundations. The organization serves as the lead agency for a $2.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to establish the Greater Oh-Penn Manufacturing Apprenticeship Network. The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association is replicating the MVMC model with manufacturing sector partnerships throughout the state.
In 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded the MVMC and the West Central Job Partnership a $2.5 million grant that developed high school pre-apprenticeship programs to connect students and employers offering paid work experience and expand the WorkAdvance program, a competency-based approach to training for the manufacturing industry.