• 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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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
OEDA@AssnOffices.com

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

OWC adds Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland rep and appoints new committee chairs

On Nov. 24 and 25, the Ohio Workforce Coalition Leadership Council members gathered in Columbus for their annual planning retreat. Discussion included formulating specific action steps that will continue to advance OWC’s effectiveness in promoting public policies that build the skills of adult workers, meet the needs of business, and strengthen the workforce system.

In addition, new committee chairs were appointed along with the seating of Kyle Fee to the Leadership Council. Kyle Fee is a senior policy analyst in the Community Development Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. His work focuses on the intersection of labor markets and economic development, urban economics, and economic geography. Mr. Fee has a BS in economics and business administration from John Carroll University and a master’s in urban studies: economic development from Loyola University. He is currently pursuing his doctorate at Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs.

The following committees were formed and chairs appointed:

Legislative Committee
Chair: Valerie Ridgeway, United Way of Central Ohio

Statewide Coalition/Workforce Development Convening
Chair: Rebecca Kusner, Towards Employment

OWC Guiding Principles
Chair: Kelly Kupcak, WANTO

Outreach and Marketing
Chair: Kerrie Carte, WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc.

America’s Social Contract: 80 Years of Social Security

The 80th Anniversary of the Social Security Act is next year. As a polarized Congress prepares to consider major changes in economic, social and health policy, Cleveland’s Center for Community Solutions invites you to reflect on the meaning and importance of those two words – “social security” – as you watch their new video, “America’s Social Contract: 80 Years of Social Security.”

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