Workforce development

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In January, Columbus launched a new career development program for recently incarcerated people. After months of work, and overcoming additional obstacles presented by the pandemic, the first class of participants graduated last week. 

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Columbus city leaders celebrated the inaugural class of a new career development program to help recently incarcerated individuals find jobs.

Columbus State Community College

Columbus State Community College has opened a new office meant to connect businesses with employees through a set of new training programs.

Jordan Washington switched careers to be an electrician, which he's learning on the job as part of a five-year apprenticeship.
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Ohio is one of six states chosen for a program to increase the upward mobility of adult learners. The goal of the "Educate for Opportunity" project is to train workers for technical and other jobs that are in high demand. 

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A job training effort hosted by tech giant Google held its first Ohio workshop in Columbus at the main downtown library Monday.

Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted was in Cleveland Monday on the first leg of what he's calling his week-long "Statewide Workforce Tour." The goal is to highlight vocational training programs that provide pathways to well-paying jobs. 

Speaking with executives and students at Tech Elevator, a computer coding school in Cleveland, Husted asked what the state can do to support programs like it. One suggestion: stop requiring bachelor's degrees for state government jobs that focus on computer programming. Husted was receptive to the idea.

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
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Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) visited Dayton on Wednesday to meet with more than 20 local business leaders and state legislators about workforce development. Portman is promoting a number of measures aimed at connecting highly skilled workers with open jobs around the state.

Workers on the Honda assembly line in Marysville, Ohio.
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The Business Roundtable brought together nearly 100 industry and education representatives Monday to develop a new workforce training program. The plan is to build digital skills in more than just the tech field.

Ohio Republican Governor candidate Mike DeWine speaks while running mate Jon Husted looks on.
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The Republican candidate for governor has rolled out a workforce development and economic investment plan that he describes as cutting edge – focusing on public-private partnerships but also shutting down what he says are regulations that hurt businesses.