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OMA Workforce Leadership Committee Holds Quarterly Meeting

April 19, 2019

On Thursday, April 18, the OMA’s Workforce Leadership Committee held its quarterly meeting led by Chairman Scot McLemore, Manager of Talent Acquisition and Deployment at Honda North America, Inc.

Committee members were briefed on the activities of Ohio’s local manufacturing industry sector partnerships, which are widely recognized as a proven strategy to help meet the employment and skill needs of workers and employers. In addition, committee members received updates on state policies that could affect workforce development, as well as the progress on Making Ohio — the industry-led initiative that seeks to promote manufacturing, while growing the state’s skilled workforce.

OMA members should mark their calendars for Oct. 29, when the 2019 Ohio Manufacturers’ Workforce Summit will be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. To register for this statewide convening of manufacturers and their workforce partners, click here. 4/18/2019

Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Launch Campaign to Promote Skills Training, Careers

April 19, 2019

A partnership between the Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition and local schools will promote training programs for in-demand jobs including welding, machining and industrial maintenance.

The campaign will include advertising, social media and more to attract students. Coalition Executive Director Jessica Borza said that the average annual earnings for manufacturing employees in the Mahoning Valley are more than $68,000.

The campaign was developed with assistance from JobsOhio and the OMA. Read more about this innovative program in The Business Journal. 4/17/2019

Workforce Credentialing, Training Resources Available to OMA Members

April 19, 2019

There is no more pressing issue for Ohio manufacturers than recruiting, retaining and training workers. OMA has partnered with California State University, SkillsCommons to provide easy access to high-quality FREE and OPEN training resources for Ohio manufacturers and their workforce partners.

The OMA portal offers direct access to curated, high-quality advanced manufacturing materials to lower costs in credentialing, training, and up-skilling efforts. Browse the OMA SkillsCommons portal or send a note to SkillsCommons for personalized technical assistance. 4/17/2019

Honda Opens Training Center in Bellefontaine

April 12, 2019

Honda of America Mfg., Inc. is opening a 40,000 square-foot training center to provide new production associates with the skills they need to successfully transition into current manufacturing roles.

This two-week, hands-on, innovative program will support workforce training for Honda’s Marysville Auto Plant, East Liberty Auto Plant and the Anna Engine Plant.

The $1.9 million investment, which converted an existing building into learning space, will allow up to 100 new production associates the opportunity to train each week. More here. 4/11/2019

OMA President Eric Burkland attends grand opening of Honda’s Bellefontaine training center. Shown here with Pam Heminger, Vice President, North American Purchasing, Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc., and OMA board member.

Community Colleges React to DeWine Budget

April 12, 2019

Jack Hershey, President of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC), this week provided a House Finance Committee subcommittee the community college views on HB 166, the governor’s biennial budget proposal.

The aims of the community colleges are similar to those of the OMA in relation to the budget, that is, support for: $15 million a year for industry-recognized certificates, an additional $25 million a year for such certificates for high school students, and an expansion of work-based learning.

Read the testimony for a good understanding of what’s in the budget for workforce development. 4/11/2019

Secretary DeVos Attends Butler Tech Mfg Signing Day

April 12, 2019

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will be in southwest Ohio today to participate in Butler Tech’s Manufacturing Recognition and Signing Day.

The Signing Day ceremony celebrates and recognizes students who will soon be graduating and entering the workforce. Following the ceremony, the secretary will tour a manufacturing classroom and hear directly from students who have benefited from Butler Tech learning opportunities. 4/12/2019

OMA Member’s Focus on Workforce Profiled in IndustryWeek

April 12, 2019

Addressing the skills gap starts by sparking interest in manufacturing, says one of the nation’s most recent industrial success stories, Steve Staub.

Staub, president and co-owner of Staub Manufacturing Solutions, Dayton, is an OMA and a NAM board member, and a dedicated leader and spokesperson on the issue of manufacturing workforce.

This recent IndustryWeek story highlights Staub’s tireless efforts to promote the manufacturing sector, especially to the upcoming generation of employees. According to the article, he is “quick to point out over the course of a lifetime, a welder can earn more than an attorney” since “welders can start earning salaries several years sooner, due to nine months of schooling compared to six years or more.”

IndustryWeek notes that “when Staub advocates for manufacturing to school superintendents, ‘half of them have no idea’ about how good a manufacturing job can be.”

To boost young people’s interest in the manufacturing sector, Staub chairs a Dayton-area program called Xtreme STEM, which features such activities as 3D printing and robotic competitions. 4/10/2019

OSU’s Mobile Design Lab Takes Digital Skills on the Road

April 12, 2019

The Ohio State University’s Digital Flagship initiative has unveiled its new mobile design lab — an RV that allows students and faculty to conduct outreach across the state to provide instruction on design thinking, mobile app development, coding and more.

Digital Flagship is the university’s digital learning initiative to support educational innovation for students. According to university leaders, the design lab won’t be limited to the Ohio State campuses. The lab will provide outreach to K-12 schools, the larger Ohio community and extended campus partners. Read more about OSU’s mobile design lab here. 4/10/2019

Lt. Gov. Husted to Lead Ohio Office of Workforce Transformation

April 5, 2019

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine this week named Lt. Governor Jon Husted to serve as the Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation. The appointment begins immediately.

In light of this good news, OMA President Eric Burkland issued a press statement, saying, “The appointment of Lt. Governor Husted to serve personally as the leader of the workforce transformation office is a powerful statement of the level of importance the administration places on talent development. In his many years of public service, Lt. Governor Husted has displayed a passion for making Ohio the best place in the country to do business. This passion is carried into the most important, and urgent, economic matter of the times: preparing Ohioans for both today’s jobs and the jobs of the future.” 4/4/2019

How Would Your School District Fare under Proposed Funding Plan?

April 5, 2019

A new K-12 funding plan was unveiled last week in the Ohio House. How would your school district fare under the new plan? Find out here. 4/1/2019