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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.

WFD’s time in the spotlight

From Julian Alssid, Founding Director of the Workforce Stragegy Center


It’s been an interesting week. No matter how hard we try it can be a slog to get anybody to pay attention to workforce issues. And then all of a sudden it is everywhere.

This week saw the best take yet, the NY Times article by Paul Goodman. Some in workforce development seem to take it as an attack. I see it as an opportunity to highlight that skills training alone isn’t enough. Either way, it is attention which is never bad. The article raises the pertinent issue that it is time to move to demand-driven approaches that can actually deliver jobs.

I have taken this topic on in my latest Huffington Post op-ed. You can never be sure how long the media will stay focused on an issue, but hopefully we can use this buzz to shift the conversation to looking ahead rather than behind, and getting our workforce going again.

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