NewsWIB December 2019
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Spotlight on Labor Market Information
Spotlight on State
Training Funds for Employers
Ohio Offers Second Round of TechCred Applications to Help
Employees Earn Technology Skills
Lt. Governor Jon Husted has launched " TechCred", a program that connects businesses with the talent they need and gives employees the ability to earn industry-recognized, technology-focused credentials, better preparing them for a job in today’s advanced, technology-infused economy.
These are some key details that employers should know:

  • Businesses will identify the specific, technology-centric qualifications they need, as well as the employee(s) they want to upskill.

  • To qualify for reimbursement of training costs, the employer must partner with a training provider and apply online. Individuals listed in an employer’s application must be Ohio residents with a verifiable Ohio address.

  • The state will reimburse up to $2,000 of training costs per credential upon completion. There is a limit of one reimbursement available per employee in each funding round.

  • Employers are eligible to receive up to $30,000 per funding round, and businesses of all sizes are eligible, according to the program guidelines.

  • The application period begins January 2, 2020, and ends January 31, 2020.

For questions regarding TechCred, use  this email
Spotlight on AFL-CIO Annual Policy Meeting & Holiday Celebration
The AFL-CIO Labor Council held their Annual Holiday Party on the evening of December 4 th at the NALC Branch 43 Union Hall in Northside. An abbreviated delegate meeting was conducted before the celebrations, including Holiday Karaoke, with several talented voices sharing their vocal gifts for the full house attendance. A key topic in the delegate meeting was a review of policy considerations for Tax Increment Financing related to economic and neighborhood development and implications for public school funding and the need to balance these key community resources for mutual success.
Left to Right: Peter McLinden , Executive-Secretary of the Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council; Michelle Dillingham , Cincinnati Federation of Teachers; Sedrick Denson , State Representative of House District 33;  Judge Janaya Trotter Sherry Kelley Marshall , SWORWIB President and Judge Alan Triggs.
Welcoming the New President/CEO of the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio
Eddie L. Koen
Pictured on the left: Eddie L. Koen, President and Chief Executive of the Urban League next to Alicia Reese, f ormer state representative who has announced her run for the Hamilton County Commission. Pictured on the right: President/CEO Sherry Kelley Marshall with Ms. Reese, among a large crowd of locals welcoming Mr. and Mrs. Koen.
The December 16 th evening to formally introduce the new president and chief executive of the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio ’s was snowy wet and blistering cold yet warm, welcoming and bustling with expectation and excitement for the future. The Cincinnati-Dayton League conducted a national search and selected Mr. Koen who most recently served as the Chief Impact Officer for United Way of Denver. Introductions focused on Koen’s business acumen, passion for education, equity and criminal justice reform as well as top skills in conflict resolution, donor relations and understanding grassroots strategies that impact change and progress. His comments on aspiring to achieve more than managing poverty by focusing strongly on supporting individuals towards middle-class and beyond reverberated throughout the room.  Welcome, Eddie L. Koen.
Spotlight on Great Oaks Foundation
and Student Scholarship Winners
The Annual Great Oaks Education Foundation Reception and Dinner was held Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at the Scarlet Oaks Career Campus. This event welcomes board members, Great Oaks associates, students, friends from our affiliated schools, our business partners and friends as well as former board members. The Culinary Arts and Hospitality students prepare the meal and manage the serving functions.  Scarlet Oaks Junior ROTC students, under the direction of Lieutenant Richard Kuehner and Petty Officer Connie Dengler, presented the colors and assisted with the pledge.

Our emcee was Malik Clark, a 2012 graduate from the Scarlet Oaks Law Enforcement program and Mt. Healthy High School.  Clark described the evening as a celebration Great Oaks Graduates to share their successes. Moreover the event recognized the Eric Scott Compassion Award. Eric Scott was a well-loved, long-time information technician at Great Oaks. His technology work was exemplary, but he was also known for his passion and desire to create an environment of respect, success and equity for students, staff and all who came in contact with Great Oaks. He was an original member of the District Equity Council and served for many years on its leadership team. He passed away in 2016. This award is intended to encourage the continuance of his work. This is an annual award to be given to the full-time or part-time Great Oaks associate who has best contributed to an organizational culture that embraces the diverse strengths and desires of students and associates. The award was created by Eric’s family, friends and colleagues and is administered by the Great Oaks Education Foundation.

Devona Scott, Eric’s wife, assisted Harry Snyder with the presentation of the award to
Colissa Brogden, an English teacher at Diamond Oaks. She uses literature, authentic experiences, and service learning to promote a culture of equity and respect among her students. She ensures that every student’s voice matters and that opinions are always respected, even if they aren’t the popular majority. She teaches students how to listen to beliefs and ideas that our different than their own and question rather than accuse. Colissa creates learning experiences that students will carry with them throughout their lives.

For instance, using the Crucible by Arthur Miller, Colissa’s students examined the justice system and their own biases, and had students fighting (peacefully) for an equitable justice system. In November she created an opportunity for students to “Be the Change.” In small groups, the students researched needs within their own communities. Students identified and investigated a need in their own community and proposed a solution. Students then planned and took an immediate action towards issues of homelessness, illiteracy, single parenting, support and comfort for the elderly as well as other issues. 

Please click at for the shared updates from the featured Great Oaks graduates. You will be amazed by the talent, commitment and poise of these graduates and their pursuit of their interests and passion:

  • Kennedy Harper – Scarlet Oaks 2019 Culinary Arts and Hospitality
  • Jacob Toole – Scarlet Oaks 2019 Firefighting
  • Anthony Buelsing – Live Oaks 2019 Digital Arts and Design
  • Kayla Hill – Live Oaks 2019 Veterinary Assisting

Four other students were featured in the video:
  • Jharana Rai – Diamond Oaks 2019 Surgical Technology
  • Gage Felix – Scarlet Oaks 2019 Auto Collision
  • Clayton Snavely – Laurel Oaks 2019 Computer Service Technician and Networking
  • Jacqueline Lusby – Laurel Oaks 2019 Digital Arts and Design

Congratulations to the graduates, their family and friends and the Great Oaks team for an inspiring, meaningful look at the impact Great Oaks delivers for students, employers and the community. 
Spotlight on Youth
In-School Youth
Jobs for Cincinnati Graduates (JCG)
JCG Students Busy at Taft High School