Innovative Collaboration Between Business and Higher Education

Throughout Northeast Ohio for Sixty-Six Years


After 66 years of the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE)
growing the talent supply for Northeast Ohio through:

  • The development and implementation of new institutions of higher learning;
  • Raising regional aspirations and outcomes for educational attainment for all NE Ohio learners, especially our first generation and underserved populations;
  • Fostering collaboration between higher education and businesses on curriculum, certificates, and degrees that have value in the region’s marketplace;
  • Promoting the role of work-based learning in strengthening the regions' talent supply, all of which,
  • Positively influenced the economic growth of our region,

NOCHE was officially dissolved on December 31, 2019,
following a vote of the NOCHE Board of Directors. 

The NOCHE Board of Directors are proud of the rich history and contributions of NOCHE to the region’s economic well-being over the last 66 years when founded by Cleveland business leaders as the Cleveland Commission on Higher Education. Since then, NOCHE has served as the region’s backbone organization to engage higher education, industry, and community leaders in a strategic collective to seeks solutions to the talent gap that hinders regional economic growth. 

We are grateful to you for your engagement with NOCHE over the years and your commitment to help all our region’s citizens achieve their fullest potential through education.

For information on where to go for talent supply initiatives, please refer to the listing below:

Team NEO’s Talent Development Council brings together business, higher education, and sector intermediaries with the goal of demonstrating to companies that we have an accessible talent ecosystem able to support their talent needs, as well as give those companies confidence that the Higher Education system is focused on increasing the pipeline of students oriented toward in-demand jobs.  Contact Jacob Duritsky at Visit

The Greater Cleveland Partnership leads and supports collaborative efforts to strengthen the workforce system in Northeast Ohio so that employers are connected to the right talent through working with partners in the public and private sectors to expand access to experiential learning and other talent development opportunities. Contact Angela Finding at Visit

MAGNET (Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network) has initiatives to connect people of all ages and backgrounds – from high school to adulthood, regardless of their educational attainment – to rewarding, high-wage careers in manufacturing. For information on how you can connect your school, company, or organization to the manufacturing renaissance that is sweeping through Northeast Ohio. Contact Matt Fieldman at Visit

InternCLE help’s Cleveland become a destination for learning and career development by increasing the quality and quantity of internships in the region; through its website, podcast, consulting and speaking engagements. Contact Annette Kramer at Visit

RITE, the leading industry-led IT workforce alliance in Northeast Ohio and the tech talent arm of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP), is dedicated to building a diverse, highly skilled IT talent pipeline needed by Northeast Ohio employers. RITE currently collaborates with IT employers from all industry sectors, regional higher education, K-12, workforce and economic development, and community-based organizations.  We welcome interest in participation from new alliances and partners to help grow our impact on students, jobseekers, educators, and employers.  For more information, visit our website at or contact Courtney DeOreo, Executive Director, RITE / Sr. Director, Tech Talent, GCP at or 440-281-5615.


NOCHE: Connecting business and higher education