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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Q & A: Michelle Collins, vice president, ConxusNEO July 17, 2017

In 2015, a nationwide public-private initiative called TechHire was implemented in communities across the U.S. to address the shortage of qualified workers to fill open tech positions — which at the time was about 500,000 and projected to surge to 1 million by 2020. TechHire’s goal is to help companies fill in-demand tech jobs with

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Akron to create arts-focused high school programs with Kent State University May 16, 2017

AKRON, Ohio – Kent State University and the Akron Public Schools will create a College and Career Academy in the district’s 10 high schools that focuses on fashion, arts, architecture and design. The partnership was announced Tuesday at a ceremony naming the district as a Ford Next Generation Learning community. Ford learning communities, which include the Cleveland

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Akron school district designated Ford Next Generation Learning Community

Akron Public Schools’ effort to transform its schools into career-themed academies is getting a national boost as well as local support. The Akron school district was named a Ford Next Generation Learning (NGL) community during a ceremony Tuesday at National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM Middle School. The designation means the College and Career Academies

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Akron Public Schools named Ford Next Generation Learning Community

APS only school district in Ohio to receive this designation Today, Akron Public Schools was named a Ford Next Generation Learning (NGL) community in a ceremony at the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame STEM Middle School downtown. The ceremony also focused on a newly created and academy partnership between APS and a local university. The

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Summit County employers and educators are working together to close skills gap March 24, 2017

Representatives from education, manufacturing and economic development in Summit County gathered in Akron yesterday to discuss efforts to better train workers to fill local jobs.  The “Align” conference was an opportunity for the approximately 50 groups to strengthen the links between themselves. Listen Summit County employers and educators working together to improve local workforce The

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Summit County manufacturers, educators tackle worker-shortage issue March 23, 2017 Read More
Manufacturing companies look for workers

A brainstorming graphic from Jill Oldham and Shelly Hinton of the Akron Canton Foodbank Despite all the talk about jobs being outsourced to Mexico or China, a recent survey of manufacturing companies in Ohio found they are worried that they won’t be able to find enough workers.  Companies and schools are beginning to collaborate to

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Akron area manufacturers invited to join educators March 18, 2017

Not enough skilled workers. It’s a common lament among manufacturers in the nation and Ohio, where, despite massive declines in manufacturing, the sector accounts for one in every eight jobs. “We’re all struggling with the same issues. Not having enough of a skilled workforce,” said Dave Sattler, owner of Sattler Machine Products in Sharon Center.

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Regional Workforce Plan will put emphasis on collaboration March 5, 2017

A law signed by President Barack Obama in 2014 may bring a more regional approach to filling the labor needs of Northeast Ohio businesses. But the effectiveness of this regional approach will depend on the willingness of the five local, federally funded workforce boards as well as area schools, colleges and training programs to work

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