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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.

Public Policy Priorities Released!

On March 1st, the Ohio Workforce Coalition shared public policy priorities for the 2022-2023 biennium on a webinar for members. These most recent priorities are OWC’s first public release of recommendations since 2010 and represent a focus on critical issues the OWC is uniquely positioned to advance through leadership.

View OWC Policy Priorities for an Inclusive Economic Recovery and then…

ENDORSE to support the work or contact Rebecca Kusner to learn more.

OWC Webinars Available

If you have missed an OWC webinar from the last two years, take a look at this page for the recordings. You can browse topics and download sessions if you’d like.

Don’t forget to join our mailing list so you don’t miss out on upcoming sessions including December: Employer Engagement–you can talk race equity & job quality, and January: The OWC–An Overview of Our 2021-22 Policy Agenda.

Updated for 2021: Resources

We have updated and added to our list of links and you can find information and expertise from organizations based in Ohio or nationally.  Do you know of a resource we should feature on our website? We can take links to website, blogs, newsletters, social media and so on. 

Action Alert from NSC

The National Skills Coalition has asked for support; please review the request and consider signing on!


“Investments in workforce are absolutely necessary in future stimulus packages. Unemployment filing is at an all-time high and could easily reach 20 percent, higher than even Great Depression era numbers. As we look to future packages that respond to our current crisis and its recovery, workers and businesses desperately need Congress to include vital investments in skills workers need to fill in-demand jobs today and to return to the workforce once our economy reopens.

On May 1st, members of the House of Representatives introduced Relaunching America’s Workforce Act (RAWA), Continue reading