Q&A: Ilene Shapiro, Summit County Executive March 5, 2017

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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David James State of the Schools February 15, 2017

Superintendent David W. James gave the state of Akron Public Schools address during the Akron Press Club’s luncheon at The University of Akron’s Quaker Station on February 15. Questions were asked following the speech regarding related issues. Click here to listen to and watch the speech. (Following is the text of Superintendent David W. James speech,

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Akron Children’s Hospital commits more than $250,000 to North High School health academy

The Akron Public Schools and Akron Children’s Hospital are expanding their partnership to further develop North High School’s Academy of Health and Human Services. Superintendent David James announced a $250,000 commitment from Children’s at his annual State of the Schools address Wednesday during the Akron Press Club’s luncheon with about 400 attendees at Quaker Station.

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Manufacturers seeking to change perceptions February 1, 2017

Northeast Ohio manufacturers continue to face challenges when it comes to finding both the general and skilled labor needed to meet production demands. Companies in this industry are facing a skills gap, which refers to the difference between the number of employees who are aging out of their jobs and the number of new job

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Nursing in Northeast Ohio is in critical condition January 28, 2017

Regional health care staffing remains a challenge as baby boomers sunset into retirement. Although health systems in Northeast Ohio are looking for skilled workers in nearly every position, the top priority for all of them is finding a nurse. “Every RN is the golden goose,” said Tony Montville, the Cleveland branch manager for Medical Staffing

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Akron selected for pilot program connecting tech job seekers, companies December 7, 2016

The TechHire Race to Place hiring pilot uses an online hiring platform to help companies find talent they may otherwise have screened out and to place job seekers in high-demand tech jobs, according to officials from ConxusNEO, which is coordinating the community’s TechHire initiative and Race to Place hiring pilot. Akron is one of six locations

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Why it’s critical we start investing in our 3-year-olds December 1, 2016

If you ask 100 business owners what their greatest concern is, I am willing to bet that at least 75 of them will identify “workforce” as worry No. 1. A major retirement bubble is coming in the current workforce, and there is uncertainty about who comes next when the Baby Boomers clock out for the

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Business leaders gather in Green to discuss business growth November 3, 2016

Finding time and accessing available resources may be the biggest stumbling blocks for businesses seeking qualified employees and looking for growth opportunities, according to those attending an Oct. 21 “Open for Business” discussion, facilitated by the city of Green, Green Area Chamber of Commerce and Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro. “We want to identify some

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