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Columbus State home to new Talent Strategy office

Update | Tuesday, December 17, 2019

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(Pictured: President Harrison speaks at the Governor’s Executive Workforce Board meeting held in the WD.)

In conjunction with the Governor’s Executive Workforce Board meeting last Tuesday, December 10, Ohio business, government, and higher education leaders made a significant announcement on the Columbus Campus. They unveiled a unique partnership to ensure more Ohioans have the skills and training to fill in-demand jobs in data analytics and cybersecurity, which has led to the creation of a new Office of Talent Strategy at Columbus State.

Ohio Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted, who chaired the meeting, was joined for the announcement by President Harrison and leaders from American Electric Power (AEP), JPMorgan Chase & Co., Business Roundtable, and the Ohio Business Roundtable. “We get the best workforce solutions when businesses, educators, and community leaders collaborate, and in this case, AEP, Columbus State, the Business Roundtable, and JPMorgan Chase are leading in a way that benefits everyone,” said Husted. 

The new Office of Talent Strategy will initially focus on programs directly linked to data analytics, cybersecurity and cloud technologies, and training and retraining workers for viable long-term employment in these fields. The core curricula for each of these disciplines have been developed, and some students have already enrolled in programs.

“The Office of Talent Strategy recognizes the unique positioning of Columbus State as Central Ohio’s intermediary for workforce talent development,” said President Harrison. “This is an outstanding opportunity to scale up our existing efforts with community partners toward the creation and retention of even more good-paying jobs within our region.”

Links to local news coverage:


Columbus Dispatch

Columbus Business First

  Panel members at table

(Pictured: Key stakeholders answer questions from the media following Tuesday’s board meeting. Left to right: Corrine Burger, JPMorgan Chase and Columbus State Trustee; President Harrison; Dane Linn, vice president for the Business Roundtable; Lt. Gov. Husted; and Nick Akins, AEP CEO.) 

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