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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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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 (www.conxusneo.jobs/labor-market-information.aspx). 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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Akron students will have more than 50 pathways to explore during high school education September 25, 2017

From cosmetology and dance to fire science and animal studies, Akron Public School students are in store for a wide array of options to help them focus their education. A design committee presented the Akron School Board with a finalized list of pathways students can take at the College and Career Academies during a regular

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What does the public think about cross-sector collaboration? July 31, 2017

Insights gleaned from focus groups exploring the public’s views of cross-sector collaboration can help practitioners better communicate their work. In 2015, a group of business, philanthropic, education, and government leaders decided to revitalize a cross-sector effort to create a world-class talent development system in Summit County, Ohio. After working for more than a year to

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