Think about it: ‘test’ is a four-letter word May 18, 2016

I hate taking tests — always have. Especially math tests — even worse when they’re timed. During my brief stint as a college student (and even less time as a hopeful accounting major) I took a course called University Math. Six weeks of algebra, six more of geometry, six weeks of calculus and six weeks

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Stark State lands in the city

When the Greater Ohio Policy Center released its 62.4 report in February, it recommended that the city of Akron adopt a “downtown first” strategy for economic development. It did so knowing that successful cities and regions have strong downtowns. Akron has made much progress at its core, yet downtown faces big challenges and needs to

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Twinsburg Public Library offers unique job search tool May 17, 2016

TalentNEO, a pilot program operating in Summit and Cuyahoga County, is matching prospective employees with employers through skill-based testing, according to Michelle Collins, project manager for ConxusNEO, formerly Summit Workforce Solutions. And the Twinsburg Public Library is now one of seven official Summit County testing sites, and the only one outside Akron. The tests are taken on

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Stark State College to build campus in Akron May 12, 2016

AKRON, Ohio – Stark State College will open an education and workforce training center in Akron, offering the first two-year degree programs in the county. Stark State College in North Canton offers two-year associate degrees and certification programs. It has a satellite campus in Barberton that offers classes leading to an associate degree on the main

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TalentNEO pilot project May 3, 2016

Good help is hard to find — especially when that help is required to write software or run a CNC machine. The struggle to find skilled employees has pushed 12 local companies to consider a new factor when sifting through resumes: test scores. Workforce development groups are working to get more manufacturers and information technology

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ConxusNEO launches with mission to better connect job seekers, employers April 7, 2016

Sue Lacy is on cloud nine. She should be. As head of the new Summit County talent initiative ConxusNEO, her efforts to revamp the old Summit Workforce Solutions, along with the help of the Fund for Our Economic Future and many others, have been receiving much media praise since its launch on March 15. But the attention, while

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Akron is now a TechHire city March 31, 2016

A lot of attention has been given in recent years to the tech worker shortage and much discussion has been around how to get non-traditional, high aptitude people into tech skills quickly and what support structures are needed. That’s a big part of the reason the White House created their TechHire initiative, a bold, multi-sector initiative

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ConxusNEO already taking its workforce message to students March 25, 2016

Backers of the new ConxusNEO workforce development program in Summit County have not wasted any time starting their outreach efforts with area students. The initiative, which replaces the former Summit Workforce Solutions program, is aimed at aligning local school curriculums with the needs of area manufacturers and other employers – and at convincing more students to pursue

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New initiative hopes to create stronger workforce in Summit County for job-seekers, employers March 17, 2016

More than 50,000 new manufacturing jobs will open up over the next 10 years in Northeast Ohio, but many local job-seekers have historically been unaware of the bounty of opportunities available in technical and skilled trades. ConxusNEO, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting talent development in Summit County, will help pull together public, private, philanthropic and

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Stark State comes to town March 15, 2016

Look at successful cities, and you increasingly find a community college as part of the achievement. That explains the applause for Stark State College coming to Akron. Once the doors open, students here will have a more convenient option for enhancing their skills and finding a higher-paying career. Stark State reports that already one-quarter of

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