• 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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The Literacy Funders Network

The new Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA) presents exciting opportunities to connect low-income, low-literate customers to the workforce system. This is an important time for advocates of literacy to be informed and engaged.  Please join this Literacy Funders Network webinar facilitated by Sarah Oldmixon and Amanda Bergson-Shilcock of National Skills Coalition on May 18, 2-3 p.m.

National Skills Coalition is a broad-based coalition working toward a vision of an America that grows its economy by investing in its people so that every worker and every industry has the skills to compete and prosper. They engage in organizing, advocacy, and communications to advance state and federal policies that support these goals — policies that are based on the on-the-ground expertise of their partner network.

Click here to register.

2015 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 take place Oct. 21-23 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 include:
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
Click here for the award category descriptions.

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.

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, 2015. 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, 2015. Non-members will be invoiced for the $50 fee per entry.  Payment is due July 31, 2015.

Please submit your nomination(s) by July 31, 2015 via mail, fax, or email to:
Ohio Economic Development Association
17 High Street, Suite 200, Columbus, OH 43215
FAX: 614/221-1989 or OEDA@AssnOffices.com

Questions?  Please contact the OEDA offices at 800-632-7763.

Call for Presentations for the 2015 Annual Summit

Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA) invites you to submit a proposal to present at the 2015 Annual Summit, themed “A World of Opportunity, Economic Development in Ohio,” to be held Oct. 21-23 at the Columbus Marriott Northwest. The OEDA Annual Summit offers an opportunity for you to showcase solutions, initiate provocative discussions, and share effective strategies to the many challenges facing economic developers in Ohio. We are particularly interested in showcasing case studies related to community economic development and workforce development initiatives. The theme this year is also indicative of the broad reach that economic development has. Workforce Development (innovations, best practices, collaborative initiatives), Transportation (including intermodal), Foreign Direct Investment are some of the areas we would like to focus on, based on the feedback from last year’s evaluations. Panel presentations are encouraged.

Guidelines for Submission
1. Email the required submission information below to Tracey Hogan at tracey@assnoffices.com no later than April 24, 2015.
2. Presentations must be a minimum of 45 minutes in length, preferably with a question and answer period following the presentation.
3. Submission of a presentation does not guarantee participation in the program. Submissions will be reviewed by the Annual Summit Planning Committee, and you will be contacted no later than June 20, 2015 if your presentation has been selected.
4. Annual Summit proposals should not be submitted unless each presenter is available to appear on any day of the Annual Summit (Oct. 21-23, 2015). Accepted proposals will not be assigned a specific speaking date and time until the agenda is established (after June 20, 2015).

Proposal for Presentation
Please submit your proposal by email to Tracey Hogan at tracey@assnoffices.com with the required information below. You may attach additional background documents to your email, but please be sure to include information for ALL 10 items below.
1. Session Title
2. Session Description
3. Estimated length of Session
4. Speaker Name & Title
5. Additional Speakers Names & Titles – if applicable
6. Speaker fees and/or expenses expected/required – please estimate as specifically as possible
7. Contact Person
8. Organization Name
9. Email Address
10. Phone Number

Ohio Economic Development Association
17 S. High Street, Suite 200
Columbus, Ohio 43215
P: 800-632-7763 / F: 614-221-1989

Visit our website at www.OHIOEDA.com!

WIOA youth transition guidance issued

On March 26, the Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (ETA) released operating guidance regarding the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Program. The guidance is intended to assist state and local areas with the transition from the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) to WIOA.

Click here to learn more about the new guidance letter.

Upcoming Webinars Examine Workforce Issues

Join National Skills Coalition on Wednesday, April 1 at 1 p.m. EST for a webinar on the latest developments on key education and training programs and the outlook for skills issues in the 114th Congress. During the webinar, NSC’s federal policy team will provide the latest news on key education and training legislation and bring you up to date on the president’s fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget and the House and Senate budget resolutions.

While the president’s budget proposes considerable new investments in skills, the House budget threatens to cut and consolidate federal job training programs, freeze Pell grants, and block grant the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Click here to read our analysis of the House budget. The webinar will cover:

* FY 2016 budget and appropriations

* Updates on Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) implementation and regulations

* Other legislation impacting the skills conversation in D.C., including career and technical education and higher education legislation

Register for the webinar today at “https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3300665002588883969.

Also, Chicago Women in Trades is pleased to invite you to the upcoming webinar, Building a Diverse Construction Workforce — Best Practices in Outreach & Recruitment of Women in Nontraditional Occupations, the first in a new series presented in collaboration with other WANTO (Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations) grantees Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. and Nontraditional Employment for Women, and the U.S. Department of Labor.

The webinar will take place Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 2 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04 p.m.). Meeting number is 318 570 322 and the password is: M33ting#

To join the online meeting:

1. Go to https://dol.webex.com/dol/j.php?MTID=m239935564354e07718977aa895224f92

2. If requested, enter your name and email address.

3. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: M33ting#

4. Click “Join”.

To join the teleconference only:

Phone: 888-469-2031

Passcode: 8701291

OBOR Diplomas to Career Pathways Report

Ohio Workforce Coalition (OWC) Leadership Council members have reviewed the Diplomas to Career Pathways report and are pleased the state is continuing to recognize adult education as a crucial link to career pathways, as noted in the Ohio Workforce Coalition’s policy platform recommendations.

OWC applauds the intentional approach and state leadership the report recommends. The plan calls for a state intra-agency partnership. This replaces the current silo-based referral system with an integrated and blended-funding service delivery model with career pathway measurements as its core outcome. The report cites great initiatives like I-BEST and LaGuardia’s Bridge Program that require blended funding. The programs have multiple partners with common measures. However, to implement these program models statewide, the state would need to provide funding directly for partnerships. The reasons these models are successful is the clearly defined career pathway measures, incentives are provided for the students, and unrestrictive funding. OWC recommends the state consider all the components of these successful programs. It is encouraging that TANF recipients were mentioned specifically. This is a great opportunity for Ohio to look at best practices for blending GED and work experience programs, as well as, contextualized GED/ABLE curriculum with vocational training.

Another strategy detailed in the report is the outreach campaign targeting Ohioans without a GED. One suggestion, if the goal is to prepare individuals for better employment and to meet the needs of employers, it may be worth emphasizing the employment goal rather than the GED. In addition, the report states there is capacity to serve 7,200 students. What is the state’s plan if the campaign is successful and exceeds the current capacity? It has been noted one million Ohioans need assistance. The concern arises since this population has been turned off by education in the past. Individuals may become discouraged with a wait list or overcrowded classrooms. There should be a thoughtful plan in place to increase funding and expand capacity quickly.

Click here to review the full Diplomas to Career Pathways report.

Ohio Delegation set for 2015 NSC Skills Summit

Several Ohio workforce development practitioners have been selected to join colleagues from across the country to connect, learn and advocate at the National Skills Coalition’s 2015 Skills Summit. Participants will learn about key funding and policy issues like the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act implementation, new job-driven training investments, and pending higher education and career & technical education reauthorizations; new changes to the federal SNAP Employment and Training program; sector partnerships; state-based policy efforts; and effective communication and advocacy tactics. The Summit runs from Feb. 8 through Feb. 10 and includes a full day of meetings with policymakers and staff on Capitol Hill. These meetings will be particularly timely with a new Congress and gives the Ohio delegation a chance to educate elected officials about workforce development efforts and best practices occurring in Ohio.

Individuals from Ohio include:
* Kerrie Carte, WSOS CAC/Ohio Workforce Coalition
* Cheryl Hay, Columbus State Community College/ Ohio Board of Regents
* Margaret Hulbert, United Way of Greater Cincinnati
* Sherry Kelley Marshall, SWORWIB
* Rebecca Kusner, Towards Employment
* Robert Paponetti, The Literacy Cooperative
* Liza Smitherman, Jostin Construction, Inc.
* Chikere Uchegbu, United Way of Greater Cincinnati
* Janice Urbanik, Partners for a Competitive Workforce

To learn more about the National Skills Collation please visit www.nationalskillscoalition.org


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