Business Advisory Council

Last Updated: 1/4/2023 1:55 PM

Business Advisory Council Logo - Journey to EarningThe ESC of Eastern Ohio Business Advisory Council (BAC) advises, supports and empowers educators in delivering the instruction and experiences students need to develop relevant, in-demand employment skills as part of their academic and technical preparation for college, careers and/or military service.

The council is convened and supported by the ESC of Eastern Ohio, on behalf of more than 20 schools and school districts under established service agreements in Eastern Ohio.


A well-prepared workforce that contributes to the economic development and improved quality of life throughout the Mahoning Valley region.


To advise, support and empower Mahoning Valley educators in delivering the instruction and experiences students need to develop relevant, in-demand employment skills as part of their academic and technical preparation for college, careers and/or military service.

BAC Joint Statement

ESC of Eastern Ohio and Business Advisory Council Joint Statement: 2021-2022


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Students have the opportunity to explore occupations in manufacturing, trades and business with hands-on activities and private tours. They also learn about soft-skills and other requirements companies seek in potential hires.

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Over 4,000 students have learned about the skilled trades with this event. Trade professionals provide the opportunity for students to try different skills and discuss career opportunities after high school.

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Educators participate in job shadowing at local businesses and integrate real-world skills into their classrooms. The experience helps enhance curriculum and expose students to career options, new technologies and hands-on activities to better prepare students for their futures.





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Sandy Furano
Director, Mahoning Valley Regional Council of Governments






Our community partners include representatives from the following businesses and organizations:

BOC Water Hydraulics, Inc.
Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers
Business Journal
City of Youngstown
Eastern Gateway Community College
Jobs for Ohio's Graduates (JOG)
Joe Dickey Electric
Junior Achievement of the Mahoning Valley
Mahoning Columbiana Training Association
Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition
OH WOW Science Center
Ohio Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship
Ohio Means Jobs
Ohio State University Extension - Mahoning County
Operating Engineers Local 66
Starr Manufacturing
Steel Metal Workers Union #33
The Builders Association
Ultium Cells
United Way
US Air Force
Valic Financial
Workforce Development Board


Austintown Local School District
Beaver Local School District
Boardman Local School District
Brookfield Local School District
Campbell City School District
Canfield Local School District
Columbiana Exempted Village School District
East Palestine City School District
Jackson Milton Local School District
Lowellville Local School District
Mahoning County Career and Technical Center
Mahoning County Potential Development
Poland Local School District
Sebring Local School District
South Range Local School District
Springfield Local School District
Struthers City School District
United Local School District
Valley Virtual
Warren City School District
West Branch Local School District
Western Reserve Local Schools
Youngstown City School District
Youngstown Community Schools