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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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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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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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