Stark State College joins effort to lead Akron residents to good jobs

Para M. Jones

At the April meeting of the Governor’s Executive Workforce Board, Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon A. Husted challenged us to extend In-Demand Jobs Week (running through Friday) to In-Demand Jobs Year.

Why? Husted said there are 180,773 open jobs in Ohio, and 92,886 of those jobs pay $50,000 or more per year. Ohio Means Jobs (OMJ) lists more than 15,000 open jobs in Summit and Medina counties.

The Governor’s Executive Workforce Board is comprised of innovative business, education and workforce leaders who are focused on in-demand, quality wage jobs that empower Ohioans and give our state a strategic economic advantage.

That focus is shared by Stark State College and other Akron/Summit County workforce partners, including employers/companies; educators; OMJ; federal, state and local funders; ConxusNEO, Summit County’s workforce development agency; other workforce agencies; and community and social service agencies. Our priorities include increasing enrollment in programs that lead to in-demand careers; retraining and upskilling incumbent workers; and educating and training disconnected and/or new workers.