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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.

OWC Applauds Eric Seleznow’s USDOL Appointment

After three years as state policy director for the National Skills Coalition (NSC), Eric Seleznow has accepted an appointment as deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (USDOL) Employment & Training Administration (ETA). Eric brings with him over 30 years of experience in the workforce development field.

“On behalf of the Ohio Workforce Coalition (OWC), we congratulate Eric on his appointment. Many of OWC’s Leadership Committee has had the privilege of working with Eric over the past several years on the promotion of state policies focused on the development of sector partnerships and career pathways. We know the tremendous workforce development knowledge and experience he will bring to USDOL ETA leadership will only strengthen the workforce system across the nation.” said Kerrie Carte, chair of the Ohio Workforce Coalition.

During his tenure in Maryland, Eric worked closely with Governor O’Malley in the launch of Skills2Compete-Maryland (S2C-MD), one of the first efforts to assess how many people are being trained for skilled credentials across the entirety of a state’s public workforce, education and human service programs. Eric continued this effort at NSC by working with a number of states to replicate some of the lessons learned from implementing Maryland’s cross-agency credential measurement.

Eric first became involved with NSC when he joined as an original member of NSC’s Leadership Council in 2008. In 2010, Eric joined the NSC staff as state policy director where he worked with a number of state administrators, legislators and other stakeholders to better align workforce and education policies.

Prior to his work with Maryland and at NSC, Eric accumulated over twenty-five years of experience in the workforce field, including as director of workforce services for the Montgomery County (MD) Department of Economic Development, and within the corrections system running jail-based training, employment, and pre-release programs.

Congratulations Eric!!! OWC looks forward to continuing our work together to build a skilled workforce and meet the needs of employers.

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