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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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National Workforce Week of Action – August 15-19, 2011

The National Skills Coalition is recruiting for its National Workforce Week of Action scheduled for August 15-19. The purpose of this effort is to stand together in support of adequate funding for workforce education and training programs. You can sign up to participate here.

ACTION ALERT! Sign on to save federal workforce development funding

Last weekend the United States House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution (CR) that cuts nearly $3.8 billion in funding for job training programs under the Department of Labor. These cuts include the elimination of all Program Year (PY) 2011 Workforce Investment Act funding, and significant cuts to other workforce development programs.

In the recent past, WIA funds have supported the Ohio Skills Bank, Project HIRE, Urban Youth Works, and Constructing Futures. Now, more than ever, it is critical for Ohio Workforce Coalition members to come together to encourage Ohio’s Senator’s to oppose these cuts.

Please read the letter, and SIGN ON by 3-2-11 to show our leaders the importance of workforce development to Ohio’s economic recovery.

ODJFS On-the-job training, training.

Sent To: Ohio’s Workforce Development Community

Training: Implementing On-The-Job Training (OJT) in Ohio’s Workforce Development System (with John Chamberlin) and OJT National Emergency Grant Training with Ron Weber

Date and Time: Monday, November 22 (9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.)

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Opportunity to Comment: Rapid Response Comprehensive Policy

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Supportive services are key to success for many students

It’s not new to say that students attending postsecondary education and training are likely to need supportive services, additional assistance, or supplemental resources to make it through–especially adult student who are supporting families, working, and otherwise committed.  Assistance with housing, food, utilities, or transportation could mean the difference between completing school, or dropping out to survive. 

The Ohio Workforce Coalition would like to hear what’s going on in your local area to connect adult students to the resources for which they are eligible.  Do you provide a eligibility and application information to all students enrolling in your college?  Do you hand out information on local housing programs?

Please share your strategies–comment here or email rkusner@researchpartners.org.

Business champions organize for call to action

For more information on the Business Champions effort, please visit their website.

A Brief to the White House Summit on Community Colleges
A Call to Action for Employers and Community College Boards
How to Create High-Impact Partnerships for Jobs & Economic Vitality in the U.S.

Read the full brief at http://businesschampions.org/sites/default/files/documents/bs-01whitehousesummitweb.pdf.

Just in! ODJFS Director Lumpkin to attend OWC Legislative Reception

Director Doug Lumpkin will be representing the Strickland-Brown campaign at tomorrow’s Legislative Reception! The reception, from 5-7pm at the Statehouse Atrium, will celebrate the launch of the Ohio Workforce Coalition’s 2010-2012 Public Policy Platform.  Director Lumpkin will be providing brief remarks about the Governor’s workforce development priorities.  Email rkusner@researchpartners.org to save your spot.