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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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CRP Staff and OWC Leadership Committee Members Meet with Key State Agency Officials

Last week, CRP staff and several Ohio Workforce Coalition Leadership Committee members met with key state officials to discuss the Coalition platform and get updates on state workforce initiatives. We met with Chancellor Jim Petro and staff from the Ohio Board of Regents Economic Advancement Division; Bruce Madson and John Weber from Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Office of Workforce Development; and Dawn Larzelere, the Governor’s Assistant Policy Director, Economic Development. In these meetings we heard about their strong commitment to adult workforce development and strengthening state workforce systems and policies, as well as the challenges posed by cuts in state and federal funds. We stressed that the Coalition is a resource to provide practical advice on policy and program issues.  They indicated that there will be more clarity about the administration’s workforce initiatives after they get through the budget process and determine the structure of the Ohio Department of Development. In the meantime, we will continue to communicate with state agency staff to advance OWC policy priorities.

State Budget Overview

****Budget Update****

The Ohio House is moving quickly to complete work on the 2012-2013 biennial budget and forward it to the Senate. They are expected to vote it out of the chamber during the first week of May, with the budget submitted by the Governor largely intact. On April 13, Gongwer (Volume #80, Report #71, Article #1) reported that House finance subcommittee leaders did not expect major changes in the way the budget funds K-12 or higher education.

CRP has completed an overview of Governor Kasich’s FY12-13 budget proposal.  You can view the overview at http://bit.ly/hLTYeh.

Additionally, CRP has read through the Legislative Services Commission’s Redbooks (the LSC’s analysis of the proposed annual budget) for Ohio Department of Development, Board of Regents and Department of Job and Family Services and have identified all of the workforce related sections in the following PDFs.

Thank You to the OWC Stakeholder Survey Respondents!

A big THANK YOU to the 150 individuals who participated in the OWC Stakeholder Survey. The respondents represent very diverse sectors, including research and advocacy groups, local and state government, educational institutions, labor organizations, community service providers and many more. There was a lot of great feedback and while we are still analyzing the data, here are a couple of early findings.

NPR features series of labor market stories

Read or listen to each storie online at http://www.npr.org/series/131331670/the-skills-gap-holding-back-the-labor-market?ps=rs.

Interactive Tool: Trends in College Pricing

The published price of college continued to climb in 2010-11, according to “Trends in College Pricing 2010,” the newest installment in a series of annual reports issued by the College Board. To explore tuition trends at a particular college or university, start by choosing an institution type and a state, and then select an institution. You will then be able to compare its tuition and fees with those at other institutions, stretching back to 1999.  Use the tool at  http://bit.ly/avsrvF.

Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Programs: Interviews with Field Leaders

A new publication from The Aspen Institute  shares research from interviews with leaders from 25 promising and innovative pre-apprenticeship programs from across the country. The interviews revealed factors that impact how programs are designed and how they might better be utilized as part of a broader workforce development strategy for the construction sector. The publication reviews program leaders’ perspectives on factors influencing the design of their programs, opportunities and challenges associated with financing the work, the merits of incorporating green elements into curricula, and other issues. WSI also makes several recommendations designed to promote workforce development policies that better support and assist these programs as they seek to develop a strong pipeline of employees for the construction industry. Funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the report is part of a project investigating how pre-apprenticeship programs are used to train low-income and disadvantaged adults for careers in construction.

Download the report at  http://www.aspeninstitute.org/publications/construction-pre-apprenticeship-programs-interviews-field-leaders.

New Jersey looks at state, need-based financial aid

The Center for Women and Work, Rutgers University, released its report yesterday on availability of need-based financial aid for New Jersey’s working adults. Ohio is in a precarious position with state funded need-based financial aid. Hopefully we can learn from this report. Here is a link to the report: http://www.cww.rutgers.edu/Paying_for_College.pdf.

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