ConxusNEOset out to alter our community’s expectations for what we need in terms of a talent development system. It’s no surprise we’ve made some headlines. Read the articles below to learn more.

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Kent State creating three College and Career Academies in Akron Public Schools February 22, 2018

Kent State University announced Wednesday that it will create three academies in Akron’s Firestone Community Learning Center, giving students there access to university resources. The university is the latest partner in the district’s quest to find businesses and organizations to work with as it transitions its high schools into College and Career Academies — whether

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Akron superintendent commends community collaborative efforts during State of Schools address February 13, 2018

For the past year, Akron Public Schools has been in the process of a major transition engulfing everything from building swaps and student consolidations to new learning models and more. In the process, the district has collected a swath of community partners to help along the way. APS Superintendent David James paid homage to the

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DriveIT aims to rev Up midcareer IT training February 11, 2018

Akron will soon have a new software and information technology training center up and running under the tutelage of Software Guild founders Eric Wise and Eric Ward. This time, the effort is not aimed at computer neophytes but at working IT professionals in the region. It’s a company called DriveIT that Wise began talking about last year with workforce

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The Missing Link in the Talent Supply Chain January 5, 2018

Three years ago, I had an opportunity to help a group of Akron (OH) civic leaders design a talent development system that could serve a much broader swath of residents and businesses than the public workforce system, which at the time was meeting less than 3 percent of local labor market demand. They envisioned a system

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Building Bridges focuses on manufacturing in Green October 24, 2017

The manufacturing field is far from dead and the need for workers in the field continues to grow by the day. During Green Mayor Gerard Neugebauer’s Building Bridges for Business Engagement meeting, a panel discussion took place looking at 21st century manufacturing. The discussion, led by ConxusNeo Director of Manufacturing Engagement Jenny Stupica, highlighted several

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On the Table Greater Akron organizers weighing input from thousands of participants October 18, 2017

When the Akron Community Foundation and its partners organized the On the Table Greater Akron event to get residents to share their opinions about challenges facing the community and ways to address them, they weren’t sure what to expect. The event had taken off in Chicago and was being launched outside of the Windy City in 10

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TechHire working on need for more IT workers October 12, 2017

AKRON — TechHire Akron/Summit County, coordinated by ConxusNEO, brought information technology (IT) talent ecosystem partners together recently to develop strategies that will mobilize the community to respond to data detailed in the “Understanding the IT Skills Gap in Northeast Ohio” report ( Some participants in the meeting are shown above. Labor market data in the

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Kids discover new range of career options during Manufacturing Day October 6, 2017

To some people, manufacturing still invokes images of dusty floors and greasy machinery. But local students spent the day Friday learning that nowadays, that isn’t necessarily the case. Friday was national Manufacturing Day, where kids from the local to national level took field trips to manufacturing companies to get a peek at what they do.

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Akron event highlights challenges for region’s IT sector but offers solutions, too October 5, 2017

Akron’s getting a technical problem and some practical solutions all at once. ConxusNEO, a nonprofit that works with area companies to match their workforce needs with local education and training, is revealing today, Thursday, Oct. 5, the results of its research on occupations in the information technology sector in a report called “Understanding the IT

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Thousands take a seat to discuss challenges for Greater Akron October 3, 2017

Some 6,000 citizens talked over breakfast, lunch and dinner Tuesday, exploring the issues facing Greater Akron. On the Table Greater Akron, a Knight Foundation-funded effort to gauge public opinion, inspired 505 organizations and individuals to open up their libraries, churches, businesses, parks, cafes and homes to host an estimated 950 conversations centering on the biggest

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