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New School Funding Plan Proposed

March 29, 2019

This week Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima) and Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) released a proposal, the “Fair School Funding Plan,” to renovate the state’s K-12 funding program.

The plan is the result of months of research by a working group of educators, school funding experts and legislators.

The plan creates a new formula for a student’s basic education. It adds money for poverty and mental health and improves security and safety among other proposals. It breaks down to 60% of funds for a base student cost, 15% for special instruction, 20% for school operations and 5% for administration.

Specific numbers for populating the new formula are to be released today.

This is the first proposal for a major reform to the school funding program in a decade. It’ll be a major subject of debate in the General Assembly over the coming months. 3/27/2019

CASE STUDY: Innovative Partnerships Build the Manufacturing Talent Pipeline

March 22, 2019

Many people living in poverty are employed in traditional low-wage jobs like fast food and retail. Yet they often lack the resources and confidence to advance to a sustainable career.

Career Bridge, a pilot project by the Partners for a Competitive Workforce, a strategic initiative of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, is helping the working poor move forward while building the talent pipeline to in-demand jobs such as advanced manufacturing.

Read a one-pager about this innovation!

There are many innovations in workforce development underway; read about them here. 3/21/2019

Build Your Talent Pipeline During Ohio’s In-Demand Jobs Week May 6-10

March 8, 2019

Ohio’s In-Demand Jobs Week is a statewide celebration of jobs, industries and skills that are in-demand in Ohio.

Community leaders statewide are encouraged to partner to plan engaging events and activities that will inspire excitement and awareness among students and job seekers.

In-Demand Jobs Week is an opportunity to open your doors to students and job seekers to increase interest in local jobs and build a talent pipeline. Here’s a guide for businesses.

To submit an event to the official Event Map, email details here. To learn more go here. 3/5/2019

Reserve October 29 for Manufacturers’ Workforce Summit

March 8, 2019


Reserve Tuesday, October 29, 2019 for the Ohio Manufacturers ‘ Workforce Summit, a statewide convening of manufacturers and their workforce partners.

  • Hear about workforce best practices and initiatives underway across Ohio,
  • Learn about tools and resources that support workforce development,
  • Network and share!

Registration opens mid-Spring.

Sponsorship packages are now available – reserve yours! 3/6/2019

CASE STUDY: Exposing High School Juniors & Seniors to Manufacturing Careers

March 1, 2019

Project Prepare, an outreach program through the Career and Technical Centers of Licking County (C-TEC), helps build the talent pipeline by introducing high school juniors and seniors to the opportunities available in manufacturing and skilled trades.

The program combines in-school presentations and company tours to help students decide if a manufacturing career is right for them. Project Prepare has expanded to nine schools and reaches more than 500 students each year. The program also targets adults who are unemployed and underemployed.

More than 20 Licking County manufacturers have signed on as Project Prepare supporters.

Read the full case study. 2/28/2019

Ohio Manufacturers’ Workforce Summit 2019 – Inviting Sponsors Now

February 15, 2019

Organizations that are committed to the skill and talent development of Ohio’s manufacturing industry can show their support by sponsoring Ohio Manufacturers’ Workforce Summit 2019.

The summit – now in its third year – attracts 500 Ohio manufacturers, policymakers, K-12, community college and university leaders, economic development professionals and workforce development suppliers. It is a day of networking, learning, exchanging and building Ohio’s manufacturing talent system.

This year, the summit will be held on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Contact OMA’s Dan Noreen to discuss your sponsor options and benefits. There is a package for every budget. 2/14/2019

OMA Releases 2019 Workforce Plan

February 8, 2019

To address Ohio manufacturers’ number one concern, OMA has committed to making Ohio the recognized national leader in talent development.

The change strategy is systemic, statewide change centered on industry-led sector partnerships: local or regional organizations – led by manufacturers – that include state and local partners from education, economic development and workforce organizations. The sector partners collaborate to create customer-driven alignment around their priority workforce issues.

A system of three committees guides and informs the work:

  • Leadership Committee, made up of OMA board member company representatives and invited industry leaders, charged with driving the OMA workforce agenda.
  • Intermediary Committee, which includes a representative from each manufacturing sector partnership in Ohio.
  • State Agency Committee, which includes representatives from the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE), Ohio Department of Education (ODE), Ohio Department of Veterans Services, Ohio Development Services Agency, and the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (ODJFS) and JobsOhio.

The committees organize work in four major areas:

  • Leadership / Sector Partnership Capacity Building: Through technical assistance and best practices sharing, increase industry champions’ and partnerships’ abilities to drive systems change
  • Policy Development: Amplify the voice of manufacturers with lawmakers and public officials
  • Marketing and Communication: Leverage the Making Ohio brand to elevate awareness and interest in manufacturing careers
  • Education Innovation: Increase public/private collaborations that train and educate the manufacturing workforce of tomorrow

The new 2019 Workforce Roadmap: Priorities for Systems Change in Workforce Development details specific initiatives underway. Page 10 highlights some simple ways you can get involved. 2/1/2019

Where are Ohio’s Manufacturing Industry Sector Partnerships?

January 25, 2019

Industry sector partnerships are widely recognized as a proven strategy for meeting the employment and skill needs of workers and employers.

A growing number of manufacturers in Ohio have implemented industry-led regional sector partnerships to address workforce development challenges, not the least of which is a widening skill gap resulting in a shortage of qualified candidates.

Sector partnerships create customer-driven alignment across what otherwise would be disparate initiatives and include state and local partners from education, economic development, workforce and industry.

This new Industry Sector Partnership Directory catalogs 11 Ohio partnerships and the counties which they serve.

The directory is based on responses to a survey sent in late 2018 to sector partnership ‘intermediaries.’ New and emerging partnerships will be updated during the next survey cycle. For more information, please contact Sara Tracey. 1/22/2019

Help Evaluate Industry Credentials for High School Students

January 25, 2019

In Ohio, students have the option to graduate high school by earning industry-recognized credentials, certifications, or licenses that are valuable to businesses in lieu of passing state tests. The list of credentials students can earn is built and maintained by the Ohio Department of Education (DOE) and is updated annually.

You can help students prepare for careers in your industry by reviewing credential applications to be potentially added to the list.

The DOE is looking for volunteers to attend one half-day session in Columbus on February 27 or 28 as part of a group of professionals from their industry to make recommendations on which credentials have value and should be added to the list.

If you are interested in participating in a half-day review of Industry Recognized Credential applications, please fill out this brief survey (it takes less than one minute to complete). The DOE will reach out to you in the near future with details.

Here is more information about industry-recognized credentials. For specific questions about the application and review process, please email DOE. 1/23/2019

Use These Research Findings in Your Recruitment Efforts (webinar)

January 18, 2019

During this webinar we will share the key findings and implications of a multi-phase research assignment commissioned by the OMA and executed by the Fahlgren Mortine agency.

The objective of the research was to identify opportunities to build a workforce pipeline for the next generation of Ohio manufacturers.

The research explores workforce candidates’ attitudes, beliefs, and preferences about the manufacturing industry to generate interest and exploration of the modern-day manufacturing workplace.

Learn more and register here. 1/16/2019