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.


OCA Scholarship Opportunities:

Hall of Fame State-Wide Scholarship Program

Since 1996, OCA has awarded nearly $170,000 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. 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 recipients. In 2016, the following individuals were awarded a Hall of Fame Scholarship.

Dennis Strnad, Cleveland State University
Casey Cox, University of Akron
David Burton, University of Cincinnati
John May, University of Akron
Jacob Fischer, Bowling Green State University
Quentin Pruneau, The Ohio State University
Ryan Stillion, Columbus State Community College
Lori Meenach, Columbus State Community College

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 2016, OCA chapters presented $28,250 to 21 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 31th year in 2016, 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 future 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 17th Annual Estimating Competition took place in February, 2017. Eleven universities entered teams and 26 volunteer advisors from 13 member firms volunteered.

1st place – University of Cincinnati

2nd place – University of Toledo

3rd place – Ohio Northern University


Applications are currently being accepted for the following scholarships:


Southwest Chapter:

Toledo Chapter: