Revamped websites help connect job seekers, Akron-area employers amid coronavirus April 1, 2020

The ways to connect job seekers with employers in Northeast Ohio are evolving because of conditions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Many businesses have had to change what they do and how they do it, in part to help slow the spread of the virus and in some instances to retool to help others fight

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Amazon helps prime new RAISE jobs program in Akron March 4, 2020

Online retailing giant Amazon isn’t ready quite yet to start hiring for its massive fulfillment center being built on Romig Road in Akron. But Amazon had a high profile presence at the kickoff of a new regional jobs program aimed at connecting job seekers with employers Tuesday evening at Buchtel Community Learning Center off Copley

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Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority receives $2.3 million grant from HUD for economic empowerment program at Summit Lake February 20, 2020

AKRON, Ohio – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded a four-year, $2.3 million grant to the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority as part of a job-training and education program for families living in the Summit Lake Apartments. Joseph Galvan, HUD’s Midwest regional administrator, presented the grant Thursday at Summit Lake as part

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Akron Public Schools Goes All In on New High School Educational Model December 2, 2019

The Akron Public School district is making history this year: it’s transforming the way students are educated. This fall, the district rolled out a College & Career Academies educational model in every high school. Officials say the success of an academies pilot launched at North High School in 2017 gave the district the green light to move

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Paradox Prize grants available to groups helping workers without cars get to their jobs October 14, 2019

CLEVELAND, Ohio – It’s called the “transportation paradox” and it goes like this. “No car, no job; no job, no car.” Acknowledging that a dependable ride to work is a stumbling block to permanent employment, several local organizations are offering the “Paradox Prize” as a solution to the transportation dilemma, according to the Fund for

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New Census data show sharp increase in racial income gap last year September 26, 2019

Ohio’s racial income gap held steady in 2018 despite growing wider in Summit County and Akron than in just about any year since the Great Recession. That’s according to U.S. Census Bureau data released Thursday. The annual estimates on America’s more populous counties and cities cover key demographic and economic indicators like poverty and unemployment,

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We have a plan to address Ohio’s manufacturing workforce shortages: Eric Burkland and Ethan Karp September 11, 2019

COLUMBUS, Ohio — These recent headlines tell the tale. Despite competitive wages and benefits offered by manufacturers, a persistent shortage of qualified, skilled workers is holding back Ohio’s economic growth. Low unemployment is only compounding the problem. Because manufacturing represents nearly one-fifth of the Buckeye State’s GDP – contributing $108 billion a year, more than

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Manufacturing camp in Kent excites area middle schoolers June 13, 2019

When Ava Marvin learned there would be a manufacturing camp at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent for middle schoolers, she knew she wanted to participate. She’s always been interested in engineering, and a few months ago, the Stanton Middle School seventh-grader started a cellphone-making business with her friend Zach Toth, 12, so the Makers

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ConxusNEO, RITE seek help in assessing area IT needs May 13, 2019

Workforce development groups ConxusNEO in Akron and RITE in Cleveland are hoping to get their arms around the region’s information technology workforce needs so they can be better met, and the groups are asking for help. ConxusNEO president Sue Lacy said she’s soliciting a couple of thousand chief information officers and other highly placed IT professionals in Lorain, Cuyahoga,

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Team NEO trying to align region’s supply and demand May 12, 2019

Team NEO is trying to take its skills-gap data into the real world. The latest edition of the Aligning Opportunities report was released in May 2018. The report identifies areas of job demand and how well those match up with the credentials students are actually earning. And it took a close look at the supply and demand

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