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    Since 2007, the Ohio Workforce Coalition has been bringing 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.

Public Policy Priorities Released!

On March 1st, the Ohio Workforce Coalition shared public policy priorities for the 2022-2023 biennium on a webinar for members. These most recent priorities are OWC’s first public release of recommendations since 2010 and represent a focus on critical issues the OWC is uniquely positioned to advance through leadership.

View OWC Policy Priorities for an Inclusive Economic Recovery and then…

ENDORSE to support the work or contact Rebecca Kusner to learn more.

New report: “Funding for Workforce Development in Cuyahoga County”

The Deaconess Foundation commissioned a report from Center for Community Solutions about the flow of public and philanthropic funds for workforce development in Cuyahoga and opportunities for additional investments and advocacy. Read the report here.

World Education Services Publishes Health Licensing Communications Toolkit

World Education Services (WES) released this toolkit to “optimize and streamline advocacy and communications efforts around key issues facing immigrants and refugees.” Download the toolkit here.

Good Jobs Institute featured on May Webinar

On May 27th at 1:00pm ET, Sarah Kalloch, Executive Director of The Good Jobs Institute, will join OWC’s monthly webinar. The Good Jobs Institute is a non-profit with a mission of helping companies thrive by creating good jobs and redefining what success means to business. To accomplish this, Sarah and her team partner with companies across the country—from Fortune 500 chains to mid-sized regional companies and investors looking to add a good jobs strategy to their portfolio of companies. They offer tools, case studies, and thought leadership to help businesses transform.
Sarah will be sharing more about the Institute’s work, and will answer important questions such as:

Why should quality jobs matter to businesses?
Why is job quality more than job design?
What state policy considerations might help advance a job-quality agenda?

Click the link below to register and please feel free to share this invite with your networks.
Register Here!

Register now for April webinar

Enhancing Immigrant and Refugee Talent to Address Workforce Needs
On April 22nd at 1:00pm ET, Bryan Wright from Cincinnati Compass and Elizabeth Cusma from Global Cleveland will join OWC’s monthly webinar.


Immigrants and refugees are key contributors to thriving economies and vibrant communities. During the pandemic, immigrants and refugees are on the frontlines in health care, food production, and education; while also facing the negative impacts in industries like hospitality and barriers to accessing emergency, pandemic- related support services and funds.

Immigrants and refugees are key to a strong rebuild as we come out of the pandemic, but it is imperative that our workforce development systems, policies, and practices are inclusive of immigrants and refugees. Service provision must be equitable, visible, and accessible to immigrant and refugee communities.

In our presentation, we will talk of the need to and ways to strengthen our workforce systems to ensure equitable and accessible service provision for immigrant and refugee communities. Strengthening the systems and strategies of service provision will help immigrant and refugee community members build the skills- or in many cases for internationally trained professionals, re-apply those skills- to address workforce needs. We can also support employers to see immigrant and refugee communities as a source of talent and work with employers to build their capacity to offer inclusive recruiting, hiring, onboarding, retention and advancement practices.

Building on these three areas- which are also the priorities of the OWC- we can support immigrant and refugee communities for a more vibrant and thriving state.