Lorain County Community College among three in Ohio to undertake innovative job training programs
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Posted by: Kristina Moy
BY Karen Farkas, the Plain Dealer via Cleveland.com
ELYRIA, Ohio -- Three community colleges, with the strong support of
Gov. John Kasich, will undertake innovative training programs this year
to ensure that those who enroll will find jobs.
Work force training opportunities are plentiful across the state but
people don't know about them, the programs aren't accessible and many
don't result in employment, said Connie Wehrkamp, Kasich's deputy press
"We need to make sure they are training people for the jobs that
[need] to be filled and the skills that are in demand," she said.
Kasich plans to announce the new work force development initiative on Monday. Lorain County Community College, Columbus State Community College and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College will undertake one-year pilot programs, each with its own focus.
The colleges will generally use existing funding, resources, faculty
and collaborations with outside organizations. But the programs will be
tailored to a specific unemployed or underemployed population and be
promoted to the public and businesses by the governor's office, said
LCCC President Roy Church.
"The governor's office has the benefit of the bully pulpit," he said.
"He can raise visibility in ways that I can't. We need to have the
business community committed to the programs so that as the people
complete these programs they are assured to at least getting an
Learn more about these pilot programs!