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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.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: SIGN-ON to support federal workforce development funding

While there has been an agreement reached to keep the government operating until March 18th, workforce development funding is still at risk.  Please read this letter and SIGN-ON to support federal workforce investment funding.  If you need more convicing, consider that:

  • From April 2009-May 2010, nearly a quarter (24.2%) of the adults who exited from Ohio’s Workforce Investment Act programs were employed when they enrolled in programming—WIA supports individuals with training to advance on career paths or avoid layoff.
  • During that same period, about half of those exiting (4,974) had received training services, and 4,016 received an Individual Training Account to use for education and training at Ohio’s institutions—WIA dollars support education and training institutions.
  • From October 2008 to September 2009, 8,202 adult participants exited from Ohio’s Workforce Investment Act programs.  Of those who received training services, nearly 70% were able to secure employment within one quarter of exiting programming—WIA services result in job attainment.
  • The results also show that 84% of those who secured employment were still working 2 and 3 quarters out making an average of $14,936 a quarter—WIA services lead to taxable income.

This data shows that for many people, WIA is working. While not perfect and in need of updating, please SIGN ON to encourage Ohio’s lawmakers to support funding for the Workforce Investment Act.

The differing time periods listed are due to variations in when data is collected (i.e. upon exit, one quarter from exit, four quarters from exit etc.).  All data are available at: http://www.doleta.gov/Performance/results/WIASRD/PY2009/OH_PY_2009_State_Data_Book.pdf

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