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Rhodes graduates told learning is not over

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Director of Workforce Transformation Ryan Burgess was the keynote speaker at Saturday’s Rhodes State College commencement ceremony held at Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center in Lima.
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POSTED ON MAY 4, 2017 BY TROY DAILY NEWSRyan D. Burgess - Guest ColumnistYou and I may not be ready, but by the year 2021, it’s predicted we will be sharing the roads with a variety of driverless vehicles. Soon, drones will deliver packages to our doorsteps. These and other innovations, including artificial intelligence and robotics, will continue to have a profound and positive impact on Ohio. They also are affecting our current and future workforce, jobs, and the skills ne...
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State Officials Join Regional Leaders in Promoting Economic, Workforce DevelopmentSANDUSKY -- State officials put a regional spin on economic and workforce development Tuesday in a series of roundtable discussions in advance of Gov. John Kasich's seventh "State of the State" address -- this one at the Sandusky State Theatre.Administration officials including Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison, Ohio Department of Commerce (DOC) Director J...
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The model the Mahoning Valley Manufacturers’ Coalition created will be used throughout the state to help end the manufacturing workforce shortage. On Friday, Ohio Manufacturers’ Association President Eric Burkland told members of the MVMC how unique the organization is.
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Sen. Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City) and Sen. Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) told the Senate Transportation, Commerce and Workforce Committee Wednesday that their legislation (SB 3*) aims to "create a pre-K to workforce system to help Ohioans prepare for the jobs of today and tomorrow."
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Sen. Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City) explained that SB3, jointly sponsored by Sen. Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) includes some of those recommendations, which were presented to and endorsed by Kasich in December. (See The Hannah Report, 12/13/16.) He said the proposal would work in tandem with other workforce and education provisions of the executive budget.
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A web tool recently unveiled by Ohio government is meant to give employers weighing their next move the information they need about available workers. Called the Workforce Supply Tool, the site gives employers — or any web users — information on the strength of certain key occupations in different parts of the state.
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State officials on Thursday launched a new online workforce supply data tool they hope will help employers better connect with skilled applicants across Ohio.
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Students drawn to skilled trades

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While many college graduates are having difficulty finding jobs in their fields and paying off college loans, these Columbus City Schools juniors and seniors are working on real construction jobs, and some are getting paid about $500 a week for it, as part of a pilot program that is in its second year.
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Business leaders could one day serve on local school boards in a nonvoting capacity. More internships and apprentice programs would help students learn about — and prepare for — careers. Teachers would have opportunities to spend time in the workplace to learn more about what their students need to know to be successful in the workplace. The ideas were among proposals released Tuesday by Gov. John Kasich’s Executive Workforce Board. The recommendations are meant to address, among other things...
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