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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.

AEP Ohio Announcement and HHW

From Terri Burgess Sandu, Executive Director of Hard Hatted Women.

Dear HHW Friends and Supporters,

Hard Hatted Women is very proud to share with you this announcement from AEP Ohio regarding investments they are making in Ohio’s workforce. Hard Hatted Women’s Ohio Women in Sustainable Employment (OH-WISE) initiative is one of three that have received an investment from the company through their “Partnership with Ohio” plan. More information is included in the attached press release from AEP Ohio, as well as a brief description of what funds to HHW will support. A link to one example of recent coverage of the announcement is also provided: http://www.zanesvilletimesrecorder.com/article/20100804/NEWS01/8040306/1002/AEP-putting-up-money-to-keep-jobs-here

Hard Hatted Women’s OH-WISE program is designed to proactively move Ohio towards becoming the first state in the nation that makes green jobs traditional for both men and women – which in many occupations means increasing women’s participation from less than 5% to over 25% of the workforce. Achieving this vision benefits employers as well as families and communities, as we tap the talents of our entire workforce and create powerful strategies to prevent or reverse generational poverty. Using targeted outreach, leadership development and civic engagement, OH-WISE depends on vibrant partnerships with employers, educational institutions, community-based organizations, and industry coalitions.

Similar initiatives will be getting underway in Greater Cleveland, the Mahoning Valley and in the Greater Cincinnati region as we build new and strengthen existing partnerships with industry and community leaders in those regions. Our thanks to all of you who are investing in and providing strategic input to those efforts.

For additional information on Hard Hatted Women, visit www.hardhattedwomen.org. The Women’s Bureau of the US Department of Labor also has a powerful series of fact sheet on women and green jobs, available here: http://www.dol.gov/wb/

We welcome hearing from you.

Warm regards,

Terri Burgess Sandu

Executive Director

Hard Hatted Women

216.861.6500, ext 14

877.353.1114, ext 14


SAVE THE DATE!!! Women on the Rise, Hard Hatted Women’s annual benefit, has been scheduled for the evening of September 30th in Cleveland. This year’s speaker will be Patricia Shiu, Director of the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. Prior to her appointment as Director of OFCCP, Shiu served for 26 years at the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center in San Francisco, where she was the director of the Work and Family Program, as well as the Gender Equality Program. She helped pass the California Medical Leave Act, and the Gender Equity Program, which deals with sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination and unequal pay. To nominate a “Woman on the Rise" and for ticket and sponsorship information, click here to visit our website.

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