Akron school district designated Ford Next Generation Learning Community May 16, 2017

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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Q&A: Ilene Shapiro, Summit County Executive

Ilene Shapiro feels a little bit like an air-traffic controller, and the planes are coming in fast. In January, Shapiro, the first woman elected to lead Summit County, was sworn in. And she quickly got to work steering a very busy county, working with the leaders of its 31 communities and getting up to speed

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TechHire_Akron employer spotlight March 1, 2017

This interview is the first in TechHire’s Employer Spotlight Series which features employer voices from our TechHire communities. Interview conducted by TechHire Community Engagement Manager Laura Faulkner. Interview with: Tony Prinzo, Talent Acquisition Manager at National Interstate Insurance TechHire Community: Akron, OH How did you learn about the TechHire initiative? What inspired you to get

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A new kind of jobs program for middle America February 26, 2017

Code schools and boot camps that teach computer programming skills prove they can rapidly retrain American workers for the 21st century Heron Ziegel, a 24-year-old data analyst, at TD Bank’s Tech Center in Mount Laurel, N.J., on Feb. 23. Ms. Ziegel attended a three-month intensive coding course after trying to get a graphic-design business off

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