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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.

Workforce data, upcoming grants, and other updates

Action Needed by March 28! Help protect the Federal College Scorecard

Workforce Data Quality Campaign (WDQC) is working with several organizations in Washington, D.C. to send an open letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos about the importance of the federal College Scorecard, which shows graduation rates, repayment rates, and employment outcomes for colleges around the country. The federal data is the most comprehensive and is lifting up the need to align higher education with labor market demand./p>

There are warning signs that the Education Department may stop producing College Scorecard data, so it’s important to have a strong show of support right now. The Leadership of the Ohio Workforce Coalition supports WDQC’s efforts and encourages you to join us. You can help by having your organization sign on the letter, and distributing this information to your networks. Email Rachel Zinn, Director of WDQC, by 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28!

A proposal for changes to Ohio’s mandatory employment and training program for food assistance recipients.

Ohio’s Office of Family Assistance (OFA) has submitted a proposal to change Ohio’s mandatory employment and training program due to a recent management evaluation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). Policy Matters Ohio has developed a brief that outlines the needs for these changes. You can read the full brief online here.

Good data out of Northeast Ohio

Two partnerships in Northeast Ohio participated in a national demonstration project called WorkAdvance. The results are in—and they are good! You can read a local report about the work in Cleveland and Youngstown here.

US DOL has released two long awaited RFPs

Reentry Projects

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) announces the availability of approximately $66 million in grant funds to serve either adults (ages 25 or older), or young adults (ages 18-24) who have been involved in the justice system make successful transitions back to the community. All projects must be located in high-poverty, high-crime communities. Click here to read the full RFP.


The Employment and Training Administration announces the availability of approximately $80 million in grant funds for YouthBuild. WIOA further engages the YouthBuild program by making it a required One-Stop partner, providing the opportunity for YouthBuild to share its expertise in serving out-of-school youth. Click here to read the full RFP.

Opportunity to inform Ohio’s Career-Technical Content Standards

The Ohio Department of Education is reviewing content standards in 16 areas, starting with information technology, engineering, and manufacturing technology standards. They are looking for input from educators, community members, and industry professionals. Please complete this survey by May 6 for the standards in the career field or fields most relevant to your work. For more information contact one of the following career field program specialists: John Wiseman (manufacturing technology and engineering) or Kristopher Vignerone (information technology).

Skills-based-hiring taking root across Ohio

Did you know that OhioMeansJobs.com now assigns skills scores to all jobs posted? Skills scores are being used by several communities across Ohio to help connect businesses and job-seekers through a common language—skills. You can learn more about this work here or by emailing Rebecca Kusner to be connected to a partner in your area

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