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Educators and employers to collaborate at Compact

Press Release | Thursday, October 9, 2017

The Columbus Region is one of the nation's fastest growing metro areas with an economy that has risen by nearly 16 percent since 2010 - the highest in Ohio. There's no question that Central Ohio has the foundation for a prosperous future. Yet, employers are struggling to meet their workforce needs.

This week, the Central Ohio Compact is hosting a summit where educators from K-12 and higher education, representatives from economic development groups and employers – nearly 300 people in all - will take their first steps in developing an action plan that addresses the region's workforce needs.

The work aligns with efforts by the Central Ohio Workforce Advisory Council, a team of senior human resources and talent professionals from leading employers. Convened by Columbus State, the group has adopted a regional approach to leveraging resources and bringing successful programs to scale.

The advisory council launched their work shortly after the Compact's most recent summit in April. They are currently working on an employer-driven regional strategy that includes priorities that must be addressed to build a highly skilled talent pool.

Representatives from Gov. John Kasich's Office of Workforce Transformation, Columbus 2020 and the Ohio Department of Higher Education, will attend the summit and provide an update on current and future demographic trends and its impact on the region.

Additionally, representatives from Central Ohio employers will share successful hiring and employment practices as they collaborate with educators on preparing students for the high-performance workplace.

They represent industry sectors including finance, insurance, health care, logistics and distribution, information technology and manufacturing.

The half-day Central Ohio Compact summit will take place at Columbus State on Wednesday, October 11 from 8:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on the 4th floor of the Center for Workforce Development, 315 Cleveland Ave., Columbus.

Established in 2011, the Central Ohio Compact is a regional agenda for college completion and career success. Its goal: 65 percent attainment of degrees, certificates, or other postsecondary workforce credentials among Ohio's working adults by 2025.


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