North Central Workforce Alliance of Ohio is planning the annual summit for 2020. Due to the COVID19 situation, details are not yet confirmed. Check back for speakers, date, time, and location.
These are challenging times for us all, employers as well as employees. Every day brings changes, new loan options, new standards, more safety measures, different information. Seems as thought it’s a full time job just to stay on top of it all. Below are links to some helpful resources. If you don’t find what you need here, send an email or give our Executive Director, Erv Howard a call and he will connect you with resources to answer your questions.
Several NCWA members including Brethren Care Village, Centerra Co-op, and Simonson Construction had the opportunity to meet with adult and high school students at the Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center in January. Nearly 400 students stepped up to meet local employers.
Nearly 100 people met at the John C. Myer Convocation Center at Ashland University on October 30th for the annual summit. Attendees listened to speakers discuss their solutions to the limited workforce challenges throughout the region.
Kristi Clouse, Executive Director of Operations, Jobs Ohio shared with the crowd more detail about the structure of Jobs Ohio and how it relates to their efforts in workforce and training development. One area of focus is apprenticeships which is a valuable resource for both employers and employees.
A panel of three including Carrie McElevey, Group Training Leader of Schaeffler in Wooster, Maribeth Eckert, Senior Human Resource Business Partner at Charles River, Ashland, and Kevin Long, Plant Manager at Step2, Perrysville, all shared unique strategies for both hiring and retention. Apprenticeships, flexible schedules, employee incentives, multiple shifts, and training were just a few of the ways these employers have found to be successful in filling the employee gap.
Joanne Mueller, Vice-President Human Resources at Cedar Point was the final keynote speaker. Cedar Point has many creative and valuable solutions for filling their workforce. Everything from on-site housing to international Work and Travel (WAT) Groups provide the number of employees they need to fill their positions during the summer. Employees range in age from 14 to 80, with a 90 year old still on staff.
A highlight of the annual summit is always the Community Service Award. This year, Barbie Lange, recent Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce retiree was honored. “Thank you very much. I mean, like all of us, we’re just doing work as best we can, that God has given us to do”, Barbie stated.
Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center Interact Students helped set up the event, greeted attendees, assisted with locating their name badges, and directed attendees to their seats. Students sat at various tables with area businesses during the program and learned a great deal about local businesses.
Business owners and employees as well as attendees from education and state organizations all gleaned much information from the event.
This teacher event will be held on July 30 and 31, 2019. The purpose of the event was to have the educational participants visit area businesses and tour their facilities and learn firsthand what businesses are looking for from a potential employee.
Ashland area teachers will have the opportunity to participate in this 2-day event. There is no charge and lunch will be included. For more information, call Erv Howard at 567-203-4500.
The event was held on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at the Ashland University Convocation Center
The featured speaker was Montez King, the Executive Director of The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), developing national standards and competency-based credentials in manufacturing trades. Montez is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the organization.
– Breakout sessions with regional panelists
– Succession Planning, Retirement, Replacement
– Best Practices, Apprenticeships, Drug Programs
– NCWA Special Award Presentation
– Sponsorship opportunities
The second annual Girls with Goggles event was held on October 12th, 2018 at the Ashland County West Holmes Career Center. There were over 300 sixth grade girls attending along with instructors from the career center, local businesses and visitors.
This program gives students the opportunity to learn more about the Trades and non-traditional careers. Animal Veterinary Science, Automotive Technology, Construction, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Education, Engineering & Design Technology, Graphic Communications, Health Technologies, Robotics & Advanced Manufacturing, and Sports Science were the career options presented.
The event will be held on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at the Ashland University Convocation Center from 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The featured speaker will be Montez King, Executive Director, NIMS. Montez King is the Executive Director of The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), developing national standards and competency-based credentials in manufacturing trades. Montez is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the organization.
- Breakout sessions with regional panelists
- Succession Planning, Retirement, Replacement
- Best Practices, Apprenticeships, Drug Programs
- NCWA Special Award Presentation
- Sponsorship opportunities
The Women In Hard Hats program was held on March 26th, 2018 at the Ohio Department of Transportation District 3 location in Ashland. There were 13 students participating from Ashland area schools.
The purpose of this program was a day long career education event that highlights women in “non-traditional” career opportunities in the workplace. I.E. truck driving, welding, construction, carpenters, iron workers and numerous O.D.O.T. positions such as highway technician, equipment trainer, safety inspectors and maintenance.
The event was held on October 27th, 2017 at the Ashland County West Holmes Career Center. There were over 300 sixth grade girls attending along with instructors from the career center, local businesses and visitors.
The purpose of this program for the students is to learn more about non-traditional careers. Animal veterinary science, auto tech, construction, criminal justice, engineering & design technology, network & electronics technology and robotics & advanced manufacturing were the career options presented.