NewsWIB July 2019
Spotlight on John Williams
John P. Williams, Jr. a former chamber of commerce president who rallied community support for the redevelopment of Cincinnati’s riverfront in the 1990's, recently passed away. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Williams took a three-year leave of absence from Taft Law in 1984 to run what was then called the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce. The job lasted 17 years. During his leadership of Cincinnati’s largest business organization, now known as the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Williams adopted a regional approach to economic development, pushed for the construction of two stadiums on the Cincinnati waterfront and backed City Hall reform efforts that boosted the power of Cincinnati’s mayor.

In 1999, employer leadership of the Chamber encouraged Williams to recruit a top workforce talent to lead re-organization of the One Stop employment offices in Hamilton County to address more technology training and recognize regional collaboration for workforce development. Sherry Kelley Marshall assumed the leadership role on January 2, 2001, combining the city and county "One Stops" and staff. She shifted to Executive Dean of Workforce Development at Cincinnati State in early 2004 and was selected by the SWORWIB leadership to return on December 7, 2007 and continues in this role today.

“John was a mentor and a friend,” offers SWORWIB President & CEO Sherry Kelley Marshall. “He inspired me to lead this group and to work on behalf of the region’s employers to ensure a strong, well-qualified workforce.”

Williams identified The Banks riverfront development project as the career achievement that gave him the most pride in a  2017 video honoring his selection as a Great Living Cincinnatian by the Chamber. In his acceptance speech, he said, “The Banks rekindled the importance of the Downtown as a place for people to come.”

Williams left an indelible mark on this community, and on the vitality of SWORWIB.
Spotlight on Labor Market Information
Spotlight on Employers
Kroger Partners with SWORWIB
for Apprenticeship Program
Pictured: Front Row-Left to Right: Michael Ayele, Rachel Jones, Elisa Taylor. Second Row-Left to Right: Jason Reed, Michael Rogers, Thomas Southard. Third Row-Standing: Debra Bultnick, NIMS-Train the Trainer instructor; Erica Simmons, Kroger, Senior Human Resources Leader - Springdale Ice Cream & Beverage; Sherry Kelley Marshall, SWORWIB President; and Gregory Bruns, Great Oaks Trainer.
After working with several companies on apprenticeship programs funded through the Department of Labor America’s Promise grant, the SWORWIB understood the challenges of apprenticeship related to coaching apprentices and managing the recordkeeping of the On-the-Job (OJT) training requirements in the midst of the actual manufacturing process. Erica Simmons, Senior HR Leader at the Kroger Springdale Ice Cream and Beverage Plant, worked with the manufacturing team to assess the impact on operations from impending retirement of seasoned professionals and the need to invest in workers to train for the most technical positions at the plant. As the company, workers and machinist union leaders examined the challenge together, key decisions were determined. Kroger needs mechatronics apprenticeship training and skill-upgrades for journeyed professionals to be coaches and complete OJT confirmations and records management. Working with NIMS, Kroger and Great Oaks, the SWORWIB recognized this combination was essential to apprenticeship success. The first group of journeyed professionals learning how to lead the OJT portion of Kroger’s upcoming apprenticeship are in class at Great Oaks and will then test for the NIMS Instructor Credential.  
Apprenticeship Completion to Journeyed Professionals

On July 3, Thermo Fisher Scientific recognized their Apprentices who completed both the related technical instruction and on-the-job training required for the Industrial Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship (IMT), thereby earning their Journeyed Professional rank. The Packaging Apprenticeship Program is the first educational program aimed at packaging operators in Cincinnati: The 14-month training program included Safety, Quality, Maintenance, Process, Math and Communications classes along with On-the-Job Training hours. A celebratory event included remarks by Miguel Faustino, VP & General Manager, and Kevin Wiseman, HR Director , along with individual PowerPoint presentations by the Journeyed Professionals, award plaques and refreshments. 
Graduation Day! From left to right: Camie Hornsby, Purisimo Batin, Lauren Williams, Mayte Escajeda, Idamarie Rios, Shandon Gilbert, Run Pariyar and Claudia Hayes.
Claudia Hayes , Learning and Development Manager, worked closely with Sherry Kelley Marshall, president and CEO of the Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board (SWORWIB) and the Apprentices for successful implementation of the program. Camie Hornsby, Training and Development Specialist and Ashley Morency, HR Intern , contributed to the positive results and orchestrated the event to showcase the organization’s appreciation of the new Journeyed Professionals. During the event, each Journeyed Professional shared some of their life journey, highlights of their technical instruction and how they applied and continue to apply their new skills to their job efforts. Thermo Fisher also recognized Sherry Kelley Marshall for her continuous guidance in implementing the certification program at the Thermo Fisher site located in Cincinnati. Marshall’s efforts brought funding through the America Promise Apprenticeship Grant, and supported our commitment to Diversity & Inclusion.

The event concluded with Marshall complimenting the organization, its leaders and the six team members for their commitment and persistence. Despite going through a state audit of the program and Thermo Fisher’s acquisition of Patheon, the program successfully led all six Apprentices demonstrating the site’s commitment to Diversity and Inclusion.
Company crew members work to help bring the former Peters Cartridge Company building back to life – while reconstructing their own lives on the job.
Thanks to the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services and its new Workforce Specialist, Julia Camarda , the Business Service Unit learned Reconstructing Life was interested in using the On-the-Job Training (OJT) program. Co-founders Amin and Earnestine Baskerville sought funds available to help them train new hires and provide their holistic mentoring. The Reconstructing Life co-founders have put every ounce of their energy, time and dedication into employing those re-entering the workforce after a period of being incarcerated and/or out of the workforce because of background issues. Reconstructing Life's mission is to train participants how to convert construction demolition and debris into reusable new materials as their primary focus.
However, the organization exposes its employees to a wide variety of opportunities and if construction is not a good fit, other types of employment are pursued.

Reconstructing Life new hires will be learning first-hand what it's like to deconstruct a property by salvaging and cleaning the former Peters Cartridge Company industrial building. Plans are underway for the property to include a 10,000 square-foot brewery and a 130-unit apartment complex. Helping to bring a building built in 1916 back to life while "reconstructing" their own lives is just one of the ways that these new hires learn new skills, gain hope for the future and attain greater levels of confidence.
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Spotlight on Senator Portman
JOBS Act and Workforce Tour
Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) led a Workforce Development Roundtable in Cincinnati on July 1 as part of his JOBS Act and Workforce Tour – bipartisan legislation that makes high-quality and rigorous short-term job training programs more affordable by expanding access to Pell Grants that Senator Portman is working to include in broader legislation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act this year.  Several business and education leaders, including Sherry Kelley Marshall, SWORWIB President and CEO, joined the discussion hosted by Partners for a Competitive Workforce at the United Way.
Business and community leaders participating in JOBS Act and Workforce Roundtable. Click here to view the news release in its entirety.
In addressing the group, Senator Portman offered, “As our economy continues on its all-time streak of positive growth, it’s essential that our workforce has the skills and tools needed to fill today’s in-demand jobs. In Ohio, we have tens of thousands of job openings that are going unfilled, and part of that is because those seeking work have not had the training in welding, coding, and other technical skills necessary to be hired. I was glad to hear from experts in the Cincinnati area on how we can better close that skills gap, and look forward to continuing to work in Washington to get this important issue the attention and resources it needs.” 
Spotlight on Veterans
Stand Down Job Fair
Veterans "Stand Down" Job Fair Success

Several employers participated in today’s Veterans Stand Down Job Fair, held at Memorial Hall in Over-the-Rhine and in conjunction with the annual 2019 Stand Down Day for Veterans: Valuable, Experienced, Trustworthy, Efficient, Responsible, Accountable and Noble.

Employers included Amazon, Club Chef, Castellini Company, Staffmark, Eastern Hires, Craftforce, Crown Services, and Ohio Valley Electrical Services which partnered with employment services agencies OhioMeansJobs, Community Action Agency, Ohio Valley Goodwill, Easterseals, Cincinnati VAMC Vocational Services and Cincinnati State Community and Technical College. Over 250 veterans attended today’s session to talk with hiring representatives and apply for jobs.