ideastream Work Force Development Task Force
The ideastream American Graduate Work Force Development Task Force is charged with developing a clear understanding of the challenges facing job seekers in Northeast Ohio, strengthening connections between job seekers and employers, and building opportunities for students and young adults to obtain critical skills for 21st century employment.
The Task Force, under the leadership of ideastream's Manager, Educational Content, strives to meet goals and challenges in coordination with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's American Graduate: Getting to Work initiative. Hear from some American Graduate Getting to Work Task Force members about in-demand jobs and the skills gap.
For more information, please contact Celena Roebuck at 216-469-8614 or via email.
Ohio to Work Greater Cleveland -Ohio to Work brings together career services professionals, training professionals, and employers actively hiring in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County in one place. Access Ohio Means Jobs Cleveland-Cuyahoga County, Goodwill, and the Urban League of Greater Cleveland along with the real-time link to Ohio Means Jobs. For more information, go to Sound of Ideas Program to Connect Workers to Jobs.
Complete to Compete Ohio Bridging Ohio’s Workforce Plan just released: Just as the American Graduate Getting to Work initiative informs students and families of in-demand careers, career training and career paths to high-skill, high-wage jobs, the Bridging Ohio’s Workforce Gap provides a plan for schools, colleges/universities and businesses to close the gaps between the skills Ohioans have and the skills employers need. The plan emphasizes the need for Ohioans to attain high-value credentials and postsecondary training and education to narrow the gap and meet the demand for more adults with high-value credentials and education to keep up with the needs of employers and keep the state’s economy moving. The Ohio Collaborative of American Graduate Getting to Work (ideastream, WOSU, & CET) was one of 40+ organizations involved in the development of Bridging Ohio's Workforce Plan. because of the work and partnership with Ohio task force members within each region of the three public media stations, American Graduate Getting to Work represented the task force business members and the need for skill training for young adults.
Upcoming Career Fairs and Workshops: This link provides a full schedule of upcoming career fairs and workshops in Ohio in one place.
- 2-Day Virtual Career Fair, orientations, and workshops from OMJ|CC through the month of January, 2021. Register in advance for January, 2021 here. Register for February, 2021 here. Some Virtual Career Workshops run over two days and others are for two hours. All are conducted online.
-For a short video on how to navigate the Virtual Career Fair from OMJ|CC click here.
-Recorded virtual workshops are available (here): from OMJ|CC these recorded Virtual Workshops cover resume writing and interviewing skills.
Virtual Job Fair: This link provides access to complete your profile for job recruitment from employer participants in a virtual job fair conducted by the Urban League of Greater Cleveland. Employer participants were Giant Eagle, Digital C, Dave's Markets (DSM Temp Hiring), Legacy Health Services, Revenue Group, Stevens Delivery Systems (SDS), and Xellia Pharmeceuticals. Share this resource as employers are waiting to hear from job seekers in Cleveland.
The Career Path Less Taken Advance Screening & Family Fun Night
ideastream held a family screening event at the Idea Center to screen the documentary. Prior to the screening, families were invited to enjoy a pizza dinner. While adults watched the screening and engaged in a post-screening discussion in the Westfield™ Studio Theater, children ages 5-12 participated in hands-on learning activities with ideastream's Education team one floor below in the Brown and Nord Learning Labs. See photos from the event here.
Richland County conducted virtual manufacturing camp for one week with middle school students and closed the week viewing The Career Path Less Taken with students and their family members. Students also viewed Smart Money and the recorded Zoom interview with Hannah Bradley and Kobe Ballard to learn more from Kobe about IT careers, high school, and college.
August 21, 2020 & August 28, 2020 small group Zoom sessions with Task Force members at Noon
July 24, 2020 & July 31, 2020 small group Zoom sessions with Task Force members at Noon
June 12, 2020 & June 19, 2020 small group Zoom sessions with Task Force members at Noon
August 9, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. | The Career Path Less Taken Promotional Video and location of The Career Path Less Taken (full program) & Digital Toolkit for use with the program. More content available at this websire, www.ideastream.org/careerpath.
December 4, 2018 | Download Meeting Recap
September 4, 2018 | Download Meeting Recap
June 21, 2018 | Download Meeting Recap
April 26, 2018 | Download Meeting Recap
Task Force Members
Vince Adamus, Greater Cleveland Partnership
Bishara Addison, Towards Employment
Rosalyn Allen, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
Dale Anglin, The Cleveland Foundation
Holly Harris Bane, Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE)
Anthony Battaglia, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
Randy Bennet, Automation Tool & Die, Inc.
Brian Bontempo, Auburn Career Center
Katie Brennan, The Cleveland Foundation
Kim McIntosh Breyley, Fontanelle Group, Inc. / Middlefield Post
Monica Bricker-Thompson, Geauga Growth Partnership
Bethia Burke, Fund for our Economic Future
Grady Burrows, BioEnterprise
Steve Caviness, The Cleveland Foundation
Andrea Celico, Bedford Schools
Robert Dawson, Lake County Workforce Development Board
Courtney DeOreo, RITE Board/Greater Cleveland Partnership
Craig Dorn, Youth Opportunities
Glenn Faircloth, Lorian County JVS
Angela Finding, Greater Cleveland Partnership
Ida Ford, Cleveland/Cuyahoga County Workforce Investment Board & Cleveland|Cuyahoga County Ohio Means Jobs Offices
Cedric Gaddis, Team NEO
Kendra Gardiner, Jumpstart, Inc.
William H. Gary Sr., Cuyahoga Community College
Traci Green, Lorain County Community College
Betty Halliburton, Lorain County JVS
Michael Hanlon, Chardon Local School District
Stacey Haymen, Rocky River Public Library
Meryl Johnson, State Board of Education (District 11)
Sherri Jones, Cleveland Public Library
Dr. Ethan Karp, Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network (MAGNET)
Shilpa Kedar, Cleveland State University
Valerie Kocin, Cuyahoga Falls Library
Kimm Leininger, Geauga Growth Partnership
Geoff Lipnevicius, Lincoln Electric
Mike Longo, Lorain County Workforce Development Agency
Shana Marbury, Greater Cleveland Partnership
Aurora Martinez, Morly Library, Painsville
Aaron Mason, Cleveland Public Library
Alison Musser, Lorain County Community College
Christine Nelson, TeamNEO
Debbi Perkul, MAGNET
Norm Potter, Twinsburg City School District
Kathi Powers, Twinsburg City School District
Julie Ramos, Wickliffe City School District
Halle Rich, Cuyahoga County Public Library
Jill Rizika, Towards Employment
Margo Reda, Ohio Means Jobs - Geauga County & Geauga County Job & Family Services
Jill Rizka, Towards Employment
Autumn Russell, MAGNET
Leslie Ryan, Lake County Workforce Development Board
Angela Salviejo, Sherwin-Williams
Terri Burgess Sandu, Lorain County Community College
Craig Sernik, Northeast Ohio Consortium Council of Governments Area 19 Workforce Development Board
Tyler Shinaberry, EPIK, Ltd.
Glen Shumate, Construction Employers Association (CEA)
Matt Sinclair, Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network (MAGNET)
John Skrtic, Cleveland Public Library
Jowan Smith, Getting Our Babies to College 101
Adam Snyder, MAGNET
Joe Spiccia, Wickliffe City School District
Jenna Stahl, Jumpstart, Inc.
Ran Sweeney, Ferrotherm, Inc.
Craig A. Swenson, Geauga County Department of Job and Family Services
Dean Trilling, Regional Information Technology Engagement Board (RITE)
Missy Toms, Youth Opportunities Unlimited
Frank Whitfield, Lorain County Urban League
Helen Williams, The Cleveland Foundation
Anu Yadavalli, Regional Information Technology Engagement Board (RITE)