Governor's Office of Workforce Transformation Seeks Feedback

Date: September 20, 2017

Survey & Conference

The Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation has heard from business leaders across the state that students are not graduating with the skills they need to succeed in the workplace.

To better meet the needs of Ohio’s businesses, the Ohio Department of Education, Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, and Ohio Department of Higher Education have partnered to develop an “OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal”. The seal is a formal designation a job-ready high school student can earn on his or her transcript and diploma by demonstrating the professional skills required for success in the 21st-century workplace.

Through the research they have conducted, a preliminary list of professional skills indicating a student is “job ready” has been created. Now they are looking for feedback from small business owners.

Please help identify the skills you need by taking an on-line 15-minute survey. The survey lists the skills they have identified and asks questions about how important each is in your workplace as well as when during employment the skill must be demonstrated.

To stay on track to make the seal available for the graduating class of 2018, they look to have the survey completed by October 1, 2017.

By taking 15 minutes to fill out this survey, you are helping Ohio create a pipeline of students that are job-ready upon graduation.

Additionally, the Ohio Department of Education and Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation have announced Ohio’s first SuccessBound Conference on October 24, 2017!

Ohio’s SuccessBound Conference will bring business, education, and higher education professionals together to build partnerships to create career pathways for students that lead to local, in-demand jobs.

The day begins with remarks from State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria discussing the statewide SuccessBound initiative, followed by a panel discussion featuring partners sharing how they have already created successful partnerships within their communities to build high quality, in-demand career pathways for students. After the panel, you can join breakout sessions, including:

  • Work-Based Learning – Learn how to partner with local education leaders to create work-based learning opportunities for students that will expose them to in-demand jobs in your field.
  • GrowNextGen – Learn how two retired teachers engaged with industry leaders to help educators teach classroom concepts through an industry “lens”.
  • OhioMeansJobs – Connect with qualified job-seekers for free through
  • Business Advisory Councils – Learn how to become involved in an advisory role with your local schools to articulate your local hiring needs.

Registration costs $75 per person and is open through October 2, 2017, at 5:00 pm.

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