Last week, CRP staff and several Ohio Workforce Coalition Leadership Committee members met with key state officials to discuss the Coalition platform and get updates on state workforce initiatives. We met with Chancellor Jim Petro and staff from the Ohio Board of Regents Economic Advancement Division; Bruce Madson and John Weber from Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Office of Workforce Development; and Dawn Larzelere, the Governor’s Assistant Policy Director, Economic Development. In these meetings we heard about their strong commitment to adult workforce development and strengthening state workforce systems and policies, as well as the challenges posed by cuts in state and federal funds. We stressed that the Coalition is a resource to provide practical advice on policy and program issues. They indicated that there will be more clarity about the administration’s workforce initiatives after they get through the budget process and determine the structure of the Ohio Department of Development. In the meantime, we will continue to communicate with state agency staff to advance OWC policy priorities.
Posted on May 18, 2011 by ohiowfc