• Overview

    Since 2007, the Ohio Workforce Coalition brings together leaders from education and training institutions, economic and workforce development organizations, business and industry, labor, and human service providers. The Coalition promotes public policies that build the skills of adult workers, meet employer skill needs, and strengthen the workforce system to ensure opportunity and prosperity for Ohio families.
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OEDA Annual Excellence Awards – Call for Nominations

The Ohio Economic Development Association’s annual excellence awards program recognizes the achievements of individuals and organizations in Ohio in the areas of economic and workforce development. Submit your nominations today and have excellence in your community recognized state-wide!

A panel of OEDA members will assess the nominations, determine finalists, and select an overall winner. Award winners will be announced at a ceremony during the OEDA Annual Summit to be held October 22 -24, 2014 at the Columbus Marriott Northwest, 5605 Blazer Pkwy. Dublin, OH 43017. Award finalists will be notified prior to the Annual Summit.

Winners and finalists will be promoted on OEDA’s website and in an OEDA e-newsletter. This information may also be published by winners and finalists in the media and used for promotional purposes.

Award Categories – Click Here for the Category Descriptions.

1. Best Project

2. Excellence in Economic Development Marketing

3. Excellence in Economic Development Innovation

4. Excellence in Workforce Development Innovation

5. Excellence in Volunteerism

6. Rookie of the Year

Eligibility Criteria – Nominees in all categories must be individuals or organizations that operate within Ohio and may be a community-based or non-government organization, a government agency, or a private for profit organization. Please note that an entry may be deemed inapplicable if the judging committee feels that the entry does not fit the category selected by the nominator or follows the required guidelines.

Nomination procedure – To nominate an individual or an organization for an award, please complete the appropriate nomination form(s) and submit with the requested information for each no later than July 31, 2014. Self-nominations are encouraged.

Nominations are free for current OEDA members. The nomination fee for non-members is $50 per entry (nominator and/or nominee must be an OEDA member to qualify for no entry fee). The deadline for nominations is July 31, 2014. Non-members will be invoiced for the $50 fee per entry. Payment is due July 31, 2014.

Please submit your nomination(s) by July 31, 2014 via mail, fax, or email to:
Ohio Economic Development Association
17 High Street, Suite 200, Columbus, OH 43215
FAX: 614/221-1989 or EMAIL: OEDA@AssnOffices.com
Questions? Please contact the OEDA offices at 614-221-1900

OWC Response to Governor Kasich’s Proposed Mid-Biennium Review

Within Governor Kasich’s proposed mid-biennium review bill, three important workforce transformation reforms are being introduced to better align and coordinate Ohio’s Workforce Development System.

  • One Integrated State Workforce Plan
  • Workforce Success Measures
  • Inventory of Education Programs

A skilled workforce is crucial for Ohio’s economic recovery: to strengthen businesses, create and retain jobs, and ensure productivity and prosperity for families. For that reason, the Ohio Workforce Coalition promotes public policies that build the skills of Ohio’s workers and job seekers. The Coalition has long advocated for improving alignment among agencies and programs within the Ohio Workforce Development System. The proposals offered today in the Governor’s mid-biennium review bill, are a step in the right direction.

Ohio leaders have taken steps to improve and coordinate state workforce development systems by establishing policies and shifting programs between state agencies. However, workforce development programs and resources are still dispersed across many state agencies, and a complex network of interagency agreements, funds transfers, and policy committees governs their use. The fragmentation of Ohio’s system makes it difficult to establish consistent policy, complicates efforts to move Ohio’s workforce agenda forward at the national level, and creates incompatible performance targets. It also creates a ripple effect at the local level, producing complexity and inconsistency in local workforce services throughout Ohio. Creating a unified state workforce plan, consistent cross-agency metrics, and an inventory of education and training programs will help employers, workers, and students better navigate this system.

The Ohio Workforce Coalition looks forward to working with the Governor and state policy makers in developing programs that grow Ohio’s economy by building a skilled workforce prepared to meet the present and future needs of industry.

NSC Spotlights OWC leadship and Ohio

*Leadership Spotlight: Kerrie Carte*

Kerrie Carte is a planning and development specialist for WSOS Community Action and leads the Ohio Workforce Coalition. She has been involved with National Skills Coalition since 2008 and became a member of the NSC Leadership Council in 2012.

She is a tireless advocate at the state and federal level, working regularly to cultivate workforce champions among Ohio’s congressional delegation and the state legislature, including organizing an Ohio Workforce Coalition lobby day at the state capital this year. She brings over 20 years of experience in community action and workforce development. Learn more about the path that led Kerrie to her leadership role with NSC, how her involvement has advanced advocacy efforts on the state and federal levels, and why others should join her in her efforts.

*Ohio Takes First Step Towards Sector Strategies with the Release of Toolkit *

In December, Ohio Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation (OWT) took a first step towards implementing a statewide industry sector partnership strategy with the release of its Sector Partnership Online Toolkit. The toolkit provides an overview of industry sector partnerships, a sample invitation to employers, a sample agenda, industry sector partnerships suggested qualifications, and data on jobs, supply and performance metrics.

This follows the announcement last summer by OWT that they would begin identifying and supporting priority sector partnerships in in-demand industries by engaging the Governor’s Executive Workforce Board (GWIB) members in industry outreach, providing convening support through partner state agencies, providing access to detailed labor market data and creating industry-specific Sector Partnership Toolkits as well as labor market data and a basic toolkit for sector partnerships in all other industries not deemed “priority”.

The Ohio Workforce Coalition (OWC), which NSC helped to initially convene, has long worked to elevate sector strategies in workforce policy and funding discussions. NSC will continue working with OWC as they partner with the Administration to implement industry sector partnerships strategies in the state.

OWC Needs Your Feedback

Dear OWC Stakeholders:

The OWC is looking to improve its value to our membership base in the coming year and would like you to share your opinions on how we can be of better service to our stakeholders and communities.

Please take a few minutes of your time to provide your input.

Click here to take survey

Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation outlines workforce development: A Strategic Priority and speaks about collaborating with the Ohio Workforce Coalition

As published in the September 1, 2013 Toledo Business Journal
Toledo Business Journal recently interviewed Tracy Intihar. Intihar is the director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation having been appointed at the creation of this entity in 2012.

Toledo Business Journal: A set of strategic priorities was established when the Office of Workforce Transformation was created in 2012. One of the priorities was to identify the most urgent needs of businesses in Ohio. Can you update progress in this area?

Tracy Intihar: Identifying and summarizing businesses’ workforce needs has become the foundation for much of our workforce reform work. We believe that to better understand the problems and influence change, we need to aggregate the workforce needs of an industry. The current system and practice supports “one-off solutions” for business, typically working with an education provider or the local workforce system. We believe we can expand the talent pipeline of workers for employers more efficiently by addressing the workforce needs of an industry.

Our work to identify and summarize the needs of business includes three important data sources: 1) current State jobs data collected to meet federal requirements, 2) data summarized from OhioMeansJobs, Ohio’s online matching tool, tracks company postings to identify trends and shortages, and 3) a survey tool sent to 2,000 of Ohio’s top businesses in priority industry clusters.

Ohio is prepared to provide a summary of in-demand jobs for the state, by region and industry in early 2014, and in a four-county (Lucas, Clark, Belmont, and Stark) pilot in September. We will make the information available on OhioMeansJobs.com to provide information to students and job changers about the best opportunities. We also want to use the information to create dialogue in industries with the most urgent shortages to better understand the gaps in the system and to make a plan to address the gaps.

TBJ: Another strategic priority is to align the skills needs of employers with the training offerings of the education system in Ohio. Can you update progress in this area?

Read more….

House Higher Education Study Committee Hearings

The newly formed House Higher Education Study Committee will hold hearings through mid-September to study subjects ranging from workforce connections to the costs linked to degrees.

Chairman Rep. Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) has scheduled meetings at colleges and universities around the state starting Thursday at Miami University.

Speaker Bill Batchelder formed the committee along with two others as special study panels to work over the summer. The others will delve into health care and tax policy. (See Gongwer Ohio Report, July 30, 2013)

“A high-quality education system is critical not only for individuals’ success but also the long-term viability of Ohio’s economy,” Chairman Rosenberger said in a release. “The Higher Education Study Committee is an opportunity to follow up on outstanding issues raised during the budget process as well as identify additional policies designed to strengthen Ohio’s education system.

“It is my hope that information gathered through these hearings will form the basis for initiatives designed to support and expanded ongoing reform efforts.”

The study committee is scheduled to meet at:

*Penta Career Center in Perrysburg from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 20 to discuss transitioning to higher education and the workforce including dual-enrollment programs, improved student preparation/reduced remediation rates, developmental education reform, the higher education-high school alignment project, career counseling, and what parents need to know about higher education.

*Mt. Union University in Alliance tentatively from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 4 to discuss affording higher education including the Ohio College Opportunity Grant, 529 plans, financial aid, and managing student debt.

*Columbus State Community College from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 9 to discuss reducing the cost of higher education including faculty workloads, the role of technology and blended learning, state funding, and institutional collaboration and partnerships.

*Kaplan College in Dayton from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 19 to discuss serving nontraditional students including financial aid, addressing skill/knowledge gaps, midlife career changes and academic and nonacademic support.

Other members of the study committee are Reps. Christina Hagan (R-Alliance), Richard Adams (R-Troy), Tim Derickson (R-Oxford), Heather Bishoff (D-Blacklick), Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) and Michael Stinziano (D-Columbus).

ACTION ALERT:

Senator Casey to introduce amendment Wednesday to incorporate SECTORS Act into WIA

SUPPORT LETTERS NEEDED TODAY

This Wednesday, Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) will introduce an amendment to incorporate the SECTORS Act into the Senate HELP Committee Workforce Investment Act (WIA) reauthorization bill during the committee’s mark-up.

Letters of support are essential; please consider sending one.

In a recent call with with workforce leaders from across Pennsylvania, Senator Casey announced his support for the SECTORS Act. He also agreed to introduce an amendment incorporating it into a bill reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) at the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee mark-up scheduled for this Wednesday, July 31.

Senator Casey said that a strong expression of support for the SECTORS Act is essential to the success of the amendment. Please express your support today by emailing the following staffers on the HELP Committee:
Michael Waske or Larry Smar

NNSP has drafted a template letter to provide a starting point for yours.

Please send a copy of your letter to the Ohio Workforce Coalition and NNSP.

As mentioned in a recent OWC eblasts and NNSP Newswire, the SECTORS Act has bi-partisan sponsors in the Senate, where it was introduced earlier this month by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Susan Collins (R-ME), whom Senator Casey joins as a co-sponsor. Incorporating the SECTORS Act into the bill to reauthorize WIA would improve on the definition of sector partnerships and provide dedicated funding for sector
initiatives, which have proven highly effective in helping job seekers and workers attain economic security and assisting employers
to improve their competitiveness.

Also: Has Your Sector Initiative Been Counted?

NNSP is documenting the spread of sector initiatives. We estimate, on the basis of past surveys, that there are over 1,000 sector
initiatives nationwide; we’d like to gather basic information about as many as possible, so as to inform policy-makers, researchers,
practitioners and others. If you are involved in a sector initiative, will you complete NNSP’ short survey? Every response is also a raffle
entry for a $100 gift certificate.

You can access the survey here.

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