Workforce Development

OCA members are faced with workforce needs that are both varied and cyclical by nature. Members rely on OCA to both address current workforce needs - and anticipate those of tomorrow.

With programs geared toward Ohio high school, college and university students, OCA coordinates with members to facilitate jobsite tours and interaction with successful firms in the breadth of fields that comprise our industry. Hands-on exposure to equipment helps communicate the story of this opportunity-rich industry.

OCA Future Leaders Forum

Preparing OCA members for future leadership roles in their companies, OCA's Future Leaders Forum provides an accelerated introduction and education on the working relationship between the transportation infrastructure and state government and agencies, as well as business management.

2015/2016 Future Leaders are, back row, from left: Ryan Borchers (Griffin Paving Striping, Inc.),
Ben Rietschlin (Rietschlin Construction), Tom Hill (The Ruhlin Co.), David Lenzer (Burgess and Niple),
Moses McCullogh (Capitol Tunneling, Inc.), Jack Griffin (Griffin Paving Striping, Inc.), Benjamin Hughes
(Hydro-Technologies, Inc.), Duane Potts (Hydro-Technologies, Inc.), Randy Westendorf (John R. Jurgensen Co.), Jackie Jacob (The Great Lakes Construction Company), Keith Clay (John R. Jurgensen Co.), Sean Compton
(The Great Lakes Construction Company).

Not pictured: Brittany Amy (Beaver Excavating), Justin Guzzo (Double Z Construction Co.), and
Jeremiah Johnson (Beaver Excavating Co.).

OCA Scholarship Opportunities:

Hall of Fame State-Wide Scholarship Program

Since 1996, OCA has awarded more than $120,000 in scholarships to support promising future talent studying for careers in Civil Engineering, Construction Technology and Construction Management. Scholarships are available for students with graduating goals set at the associate and bachelor's degree levels.

OCA recognizes the value that our Hall of Fame Scholarship recipients bring to our industry. In 2015, OCA doubled the scholarship amounts, from $500 to $1,000 for two-year programs, and from $1,500 to $3,000 for four-year programs. These scholarships are for students enrolled in a degree program in Civil Engineering, Construction Technology or Construction Management. Congratulations to our Hall of Fame Scholarship recipie. In 2015, all recipients received $3,000.

Luke Avery, University of Akron
Casey Cox, University of Akron
Matt Chandler, Cleveland State University
Benjamin Edwards, University of Toledo
Ryan Guillod, University of Akron
James Hillegas, University of Akron


OCA Chapter-Level Scholarship Program

OCA's nine chapters around the state are committed to nurturing the emerging workforce and work throughout the year to raise money for scholarship awards for students focusing on the Civil Engineering and Construction Management fields. In 2015, eight chapters presented $33,350 to 28 students.

Current application(s) may be downloaded at the bottom of this page. For more information, contact Melanie Kitchen at OCA.

OCA Rich DiGeronimo Constructor for a Day

The Rich DiGeronimo Constructor for a Day program celebrated its 30th year in 2015, serving 1,131 participating students around the state. Constructor for a Day programs expose the industry's future workforce to careers in heavy/highway construction through jobsite tours and interaction with area firms working in the industry. Many events also include job fairs, through which OCA member firms can connect with valid co-op and job candidates.

For more information, contact Melanie Kitchen at OCA.

OCA Estimating Competition

The OCA Estimating Competition is a two-day student competition that connects members with futuare civil engineering and construction management talent being developed at state universities. Members are positioned front-and-center to help prepare shape and mentor the industry's future workforce.


The 15th Annual Estimating Competition took place in February, 2015. Ten universities estimated a roundabout project in Dublin, Ohio, by the George J. Igel & Co.  Igel’s David Downs and Jarrett Gary gave presentations to all guests including teams, faculty
and coaches.

1st place – The Ohio State University ($2,000)

2nd place – University of Dayton ($1,500)

3rd place – University of Cincinnati ($1,000)


Cleveland Scholarship
(Adobe PDF File)