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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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Skillful Webinar

Did you miss the Skillful Webinar? Listen to the recording here.

On August 27 the Ohio Workforce Coalition and TalentNEO hosted a webinar on Skillful, a collaboration of businesses, state government, non-profits, and educators forging a new way of creating and accessing opportunity

Director Ryan Burgess from the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation shared an overview of Ohio’s engagement in the Skillful Network. Joe Barela, Director of Skillful Colorada, and Melissa Rey, Associate at Skillful Colorado, shared the importance of skills-based strategies and how you can access the Skillful tools.

Listen to the recording

Join us to learn more about Skillful

Join us for a Skillful Webinar

Join the Ohio Workforce Coalition and TalentNEO on August 27 at 1:00pm EST to learn about Skillful, a collaboration of businesses, state government, non-profits, and educators forging a new way of creating and accessing opportunity.

Director Ryan Burgess from the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation will share an overview of Ohio’s engagement in the Skillful Network. Joe Barela, Director of Skillful Colorado will tell us more about his work, the importance of skills-based strategies, and how you can access their tools.

Register for this free webinar.

Ohio Gubernatorial Candidates – Workforce Development Positions

Follow the links below for more on the Workforce Development positions of Ohio Gubernatorial Candidates:



2018 Ohio Manufacturers’ Workforce Summit is November 1

Ohio Manufacturers’ Workforce Summit
A statewide convening of Ohio manufacturers and their workforce partners
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Great Columbus Convention Center

Register for the Ohio Manufacturers’ Workforce Summit 2018 on Thursday, November 1. This statewide convening of manufacturers and their critical workforce suppliers will help manufacturers and their workforce partners to:

  • Learn about successful regional manufacturers’ workforce partnerships
  • Hear about best practices and initiatives underway across Ohio and how those might align with your requirements
  • Access tools and resources that help support regional workforce development
  • Network and socialize with others, like you, who are making a difference!

Explore the event schedule and register on the event webpage.

Ohio Manufacturers’ Workforce Summit coming November 1

The Ohio Manufacturers’ Workforce Summit will take place Wednesday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Registration is open now through Oct. 17. Event details and registration are available here.

The site includes a detailed agenda, speaker bios and other information about the event and venue.

The event is open to manufacturers, workforce intermediaries, workforce board members and staff, public and elected officials and staff, and education and economic development professionals.

For more information or registration, visit the event website.

OWC Education and Workforce Updates

The Trump budget proposes drastic cuts to workforce development funding. The National Skills Coalition and Ohio Workforce Coalition urge you to reach out to your members of Congress and demand they reject these cuts. Search for your member here.

The House Education and Workforce Committee introduced legislation that would reauthorize Perkins. Read the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act as introduced by Representatives Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL).

Do you use ACT WorkKeys with clients and/or businesses? If so, you should know about changes coming to the WorkKeys assessments this fall. You can learn more on the ACT website.

Policy Matters Ohio has released a new paper about the track record of For-Profit Colleges in Ohio. Read it and other publications here.

Check out this New York Times article about how a job is no longer enough for economic stability: Steady Jobs, With Pay and Hours That Are Anything But.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released a new report that documents their learning about racial equity and inclusion during the Jobs Initiative, a multi-year, national initiative designed to improve employment options for young people leaving in low-income areas of the country. Read the full report online.

Reimagine Retail is a new initiative managed by the Aspen Institute with support from the Walmart Foundation. Are you considering work on retail pathways? Check out this list of resources about working in the retail sector.

As part of a broader effort to raise awareness of the important role job access and worker mobility play in our economy, the Fund for Our Economic Future is collecting stories from individuals affected by transportation challenges that prevent them from getting or keeping a job. Please distribute this flyer to those you think might have a story to share.

On July 13 at noon, join Cleveland-based non-profit Towards Employment for a Lunch & Learn about the results of WorkAdvance, a national demonstration project that was evaluated by MDRC. Towards Employment will share the highlights from the impact evaluation and what was unique to Northeast Ohio. To register for the webinar, email khansonmorris@newgrowthgroup.com.

2017 Annual Excellence Awards — Call for Nominations

The Ohio Economic Development Association’s annual excellence awards program recognizes the achievements individuals and organizations in Ohio in the areas of economic and workforce development. Submit your nominations today and have excellence in your community recognized state-wide!

A panel of OEDA members will assess the nominations, determine finalists, and select an overall winner. Award winners will be announced at a ceremony during the OEDA Annual Summit to be held October 18-20 at The Renaissance Columbus Downtown, 50 N 3rd St, Columbus, OH 43215. All award finalists and winners will be notified prior to the Annual Summit.

Winners and finalists will be promoted on OEDA’s website and in an OEDA e-newsletter. This information may also be published by winners and finalists in the media and used for promotional purposes. Please note that if you are selected as a winner, you will be required to submit at least one audio and/or visual piece to highlight your winning entry during the program. This request will be sent from our office with notification of the winning entry.

Click here to visit our website Awards page for full details and to submit your nominations today!