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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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Enhancing Immigrant and Refugee Talent to Address Workforce Needs
On April 22nd at 1:00pm ET, Bryan Wright from Cincinnati Compass and Elizabeth Cusma from Global Cleveland will join OWC’s monthly webinar.


Immigrants and refugees are key contributors to thriving economies and vibrant communities. During the pandemic, immigrants and refugees are on the frontlines in health care, food production, and education; while also facing the negative impacts in industries like hospitality and barriers to accessing emergency, pandemic- related support services and funds.

Immigrants and refugees are key to a strong rebuild as we come out of the pandemic, but it is imperative that our workforce development systems, policies, and practices are inclusive of immigrants and refugees. Service provision must be equitable, visible, and accessible to immigrant and refugee communities.

In our presentation, we will talk of the need to and ways to strengthen our workforce systems to ensure equitable and accessible service provision for immigrant and refugee communities. Strengthening the systems and strategies of service provision will help immigrant and refugee community members build the skills- or in many cases for internationally trained professionals, re-apply those skills- to address workforce needs. We can also support employers to see immigrant and refugee communities as a source of talent and work with employers to build their capacity to offer inclusive recruiting, hiring, onboarding, retention and advancement practices.

Building on these three areas- which are also the priorities of the OWC- we can support immigrant and refugee communities for a more vibrant and thriving state.

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