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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.

From OBR: Invitation – Oct. 28, afternoon: Ohio’s $100 MillionExperiential Learning Initiative – Student StakeholderDiscussion

Hello –

I would like to invite students from throughout the state to meet with Byron White, Vice Chancellor for Economic Advancement, Stacia Edwards, Director of Workforce Development, and myself to talk about ways to invest Ohio’s $100 million commitment for experiential education to create a highly effective, innovative and sustainable statewide network of co-op and internship programs on Oct. 28, from 2 – 3:30p at the Ohio Board of Regents in Columbus, 30 E Broad St., 36th Flr, Main Conference Room. An RSVP is required only if you can make it – reply to zwaymer. I can set up web, phone and video for this meeting if you prefer – please let me know if you will need one of those options. I will send out more details closer to that date. If you are responding to the invite on someone else’s behalf, please include their name and contact email in the body of your reply – thanks.

Parking will be on your own for this meeting. There is parking under the Statehouse and in lots around the center of the city. If you are in the Greater Columbus metro region, there are a number of COTA bus lines that run into the downtown area (cota.com).

We would like to meet with students who currently are or have been co-ops or interns, are considering a co-op or internship or have never considered such programs for their educational experience at all. We would like to have students from AWE/ABLE, four-year and two-year institutions participate. Students from private colleges in Ohio are welcome, too.

We will in part want to:

1. Come up with impact/outcome statements – what do we want to get out of a successful statewide experiential learning program for students?

2. Identify key elements of a successful statewide co-op and internship network that includes:

a. Education elements.

b. Employer elements.

3. Identify 3-4 creative ways to invest the $100 Million to promote the implementation of those identified key elements.

We will want to discuss specific concerns for students in Ohio – this meeting will be for students only so please forward and share this information

widely with students and encourage them to attend. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks,

Zach Waymer

Program Manager,

Student Advocacy & Support Services

Ohio Board of Regents – University System of Ohio

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