NewsWIB June 2019
Spotlight on Scholarship
SWORWIB, New Horizons Scholarship Opportunity
Summer’s here – which means the living and the tuition is easy! Thanks to a scholarship opportunity from SWORWIB & New Horizons Computer Learning Center Scholarship, six $7,500 scholarships are now available for any of these six areas of certificate attainment:
  • Business Office Administrative Associate
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Medical Office Administration Associate
  • Project Management Professional Certification
  • Security Information Technology Associate
The scholarships are being made available to support SWORWIB’s work in Cincinnati and Hamilton County, and the deadline has been extended to Monday, July 8 . Click here to complete the online scholarship application. 
Spotlight on Labor Market Information
Spotlight on Public Officials Forum
Public Officials Forum

Each June, the SWORWIB invites new elected officials, superintendents and principals to a Public Officials Forum on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Held at the OhioMeansJobs Center, the SWORWIB introduces the officials and staff to an overview of the SWORWIB and services provided at the OMJ Center as well as new initiatives such as the Comprehensive Case Management Employment Program and Department of Labor Opioid Grant funding as well as SWORWIB efforts with other grant-funded initiatives such as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting American Graduate: Getting to Work promotional campaign and the America’s Promise Apprenticeship grant.
SWORWIB June Public Officials meeting; for the first time, all attendees were women.
For the first time ever, all attendees were women. In the picture is Catherine Ingram , Ohio House of Representatives; Stephanie Summerow Dumas , Hamilton County Commissioner: Bridget Patton , Mayor John Cranley’s Office; and Annie Cummins  from U. S. Representative Brad Wenstrup’s office. In attendance, but not pictured, were: Regina Collins , Forest Park City Councilwoman and Kathy Wright , Hughes High School Principal.

Materials prepared for the Public Officials Forum will be distributed to all invitees who will be encouraged to arrange a visit to the OhioMeansJobs Center that works well for their schedules. 
Spotlight on Employers
Sharonville Lands Nation’s Largest Engineering Firm

Congratulations to the City of Sharonville Economic Development leadership, including Chris Xeil Lyons ,
a SWORWIB Board Member and City of Sharonville Economic Development Director, on snagging 400 high-paying jobs from Jacobs Engineering Group, the country’s largest engineering firm. The firm is relocating to the Northern Lights District in Sharonville that includes a mix of office buildings, hotels and the city’s convention center on January 1, 2020. 
Lyons reports that Jacobs will occupy 68,000 square feet of the Two Crowne Point building, a Neyer property. “This is the biggest economic development project in the community in more than a decade in terms of payroll and job creation. It’s going to be a game-changer for Sharonville. Hopefully, this helps us in our search to secure more restaurants in the area as these jobs are all high-paying jobs with disposable incomes to go out for lunch and dinner.” Click here to read the Cincinnati Business Courier story.
Business Services Team Partners
with Global Engineering Firm

Consulting engineering firm Terracon, which specializes in environmental, facilities, geotechnical and materials services, recently reached out to the Business Services Team at OhioMeansJobs. “We needed to hire Construction Materials Technicians,” reports Heather Thurston at Terracon, “so we contacted OhioMeansJobs Center’s Business Services Team. They hosted a hiring event and we were able to interview 11 candidates – four of whom were offered positions!”

She continues, “We also used the On-the-Job Training Reimbursement Program at OhioMeansJobs Center to hire an additional four employees who were ‘close fits’ – but would need additional training. The diversity and backgrounds of candidates were refreshing. The staff was prepared, organized and great to work with. We were very happy that the OhioMeansJobs Center had the resources for the candidates to apply online.”
Spotlight on Partners Community Action Agency-Cincinnati/Hamilton County
Shawn Rugless , President, The Katalyst Group; Sherry Kelley Marshall , SWORWIB President & CEO; and Chara Fisher Jackson , Greater Cincinnati Urban League Executive Director meet-up at the  Who Are We - Community Action Agency   event on June 27 at  The Sport on Fifth Street  for the reveal of CAA’s new logo and new initiatives. Look behind the trio for the new logo!
Spotlight on Skills Training
Regional Agencies Attend SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel through providing educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education (CTE) in the nation’s classrooms. The 2019 National Competition was hosted in Louisville. The SkillsUSA Championships are competitive events showcasing the best career and technical education students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels. The 2019 event held a full house!
NIMS is a national organization that sets industry skills standards, certifies individual skills against the standards, accredits training programs that meet NIMS quality requirements and promotes innovative solutions, such as competency-based apprenticeship to connect credentialed and work-ready individuals with employers. NIMS hosted a partners’ dinner during the SkillsUSA Competitions. Photographed below are the Cincinnati area attendees: 
From left to right:  Vickie McMullen , Director, Education Partnerships, RHINESTAHL;
David Linger , President&CEO/TechSolve; Sherry Kelley Marshall , President & CEO, SWORWIB; Montez King , Executive Director, NIMS; David Dreith , Executive Vice President, Easterseals TriState; Amy Meyer , Vice President, Corporate Development, RHINESTAHL and Toni Neary , Director of Education, Haas Tower-Morris Group, Inc. 
Spotlight on
Building Upgrades by SWORWIB
Update on 1916 Central Parkway Work

Duke Energy needed to shutdown electrical service at the OMJ Center on Saturday, June 1 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to install a new transformer not just for the OMJ Center but also the surrounding neighborhoods. Special thanks to Kevin Holt , HCJFS IT technicians and the SWORWIB’s property manager, Wesley Miller for all the preparations (and at least three reschedules) and the subsequent reset .