NewsWIB May 2020
Reopening Ohio
OhioMeansJob Center
Core services such as training and WIOA enrollments continue. The Center is open daily from 8:00 to 4:30. The Resource Room and other functions will reopen, as described below. 
The OhioMeansJobs Center/Cincinnati-Hamilton County plans to reopen the Resource Room when the libraries in Hamilton County reopen, or when prompted by specific guidance from the Governor’s mandates, our local County Health Department and the broader Hamilton County Re-Opening Readiness Plan. When fully re-opened, the following guidance is likely to include:

OMJ Resource Room
Below are the criteria for re-opening the OMJ Resource Room. 
1. The Resource Room will initially be limited to 4-5 Job Seekers. Computer stations will be designated to 1 Veteran and 4 other Job Seekers.
2. The computers will be spaced six feet apart to ensure safety.
3. Computers will be limited to Job Search activities or with Unemployment related issues. If anyone is identified using the computers for non-job search activities, they will be asked to leave.
4. Computers usage will be limited to 90 Minutes each. We will work to ensure the designated computers have a timer. 
5. Customers who just want to use of fax machine or copiers will get assistance from the front desk. Staff will use gloves when faxing or coping materials for customers.
6. Customers will not be permitted to wait in the lobby for computers to become available. They will be asked to return at a future date or time. 
7. Signs will be posted in the lobby when these new guidelines go into effect.
8. In the distant future, we may open the Resource Room to as many as 10 customers at a time. 
9. The SWORWIB and OMJ Team have determined the need for thermometer readings and SWORWIB has purchased a stand but high demand is slowing receipt of the equipment so handheld devices were provided to the OMJ Center by the SWORWIB. Additionally, the SWORWIB will be installing a Plexiglas shield at the front desk as soon as supplies are available and also smaller versions for the side tables where staff work with individual customers. 

OMJ leadership expects that to the greatest extent possible, resource room services, enrollment assessment appointments, workshops and meetings will be completed remotely for the indefinite future.  
Working People's Plan for Reopening
the Economy the Right Way
On the topic of reopening America, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka recently issued a document entitled “ Working People’s Plan for Reopening the Economy the Right Way” listing eight requirements to keep workers, workplaces and consumers safe and healthy. (See attachment). To start this discussion between Labor leaders and Elected Officials (Local, State and Federal), the Cincinnati AFL-CIO hosted a Facebook Live/Zoom meeting on Friday, May 8 th (11:00am – 12:30pm), wherein labor leaders asked questions and gave their employment sector perspective and elected officials responded and shared their perspective on the reopening of communities and businesses in Ohio and the greater Cincinnati region. The panel was comprised of Labor leaders representing the following employment sectors: healthcare, public safety, building trades/construction, retail, transit, public sector, education and postal services as well as elected officials representing city, county, state and federal government levels. The Safety First Plan and the video are below:

Here's the link to the video from the zoom meeting:  

We hope sharing this information will help both workers and businesses overcome the economic and social challenges we are all facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Also attached is a document full of resources recommended for employers. 

Click here for the “ Working People’s Plan for Reopening the Economy the Right Way” document.
Resources for Employers and Employees
during COVID-19 Pandemic

Click here for more information
Spotlight on Employer
Forest Park Manufacturer Provides
Bright Spot amid Pandemic Downtown
Faxon Machining Inc., a Forest Park “specialist in the art of deep-hole drilling and CNC machining” has encouraging news! According to Craig Bailey, Manager of H.R. at Faxon Machining, due to a recent federal contract award and other programs growing, the company has already hired 25+ new employees this year and has plans to fill a variety of positions in the coming months.

 Founded in 1978 as a family-owned business, Faxon Machining, Inc. has evolved into an 185,000 square foot state-of-the-art manufacturing facility on 15 acres. Faxon supports product and system development from concept and prototype through production for various Industries as well as the U.S. Air Force. They service the automotive, defense, medical, oil and energy, as well as other industries. Faxon’s vast capabilities and experience in manufacturing combined with creativity and innovation are key in meeting current and future customer demands. With all the physical capabilities Faxon has to offer, the most important component is the Faxon Team. It is all about the people!

OhioMeansJobs Cincinnati-Hamilton County’s Business Services Team is excited to begin work with Faxon Machining to promote the positions of their job openings and connect them with other services as their hiring needs expand. 

If you’d like to learn more about the positions currently available (in IT, Program Management, CNC Machining, Maintenance, Manufacturing Technology and Quality Control) please see: 
Solutions to problems!

From Prototype to Production, from concept to completion. Faxon has the experience, capability, and people to bring success to your project!
Spotlight on Research
SWORWIB President Sherry Kelley Marshall has been a participant in two research surveys completed in April and May as below:

In April’s NewsWIB, SWORWIB shared our inclusion in the Nonprofit Organization Research Panel (NORP), which is a university-based project supporting research on nonprofit management. The NORP project began in 2015 at the Truman School of Public Affairs in the University of Missouri, and moved to Georgia State University's Andrew Young School of Policy Studies in 2017. 
SWORWIB President/CEO Marshall is a recruited member of the NORP (Nonprofit Organization Research Panel) since 2015. With COVID-19 a challenge in every way, we wanted to share the NORP final survey responses, in the aggregate and strictly confidential. The summary results have been analyzed and the report is available in the NORP Survey Report.  SWORWIB thanks Mirae Kim, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Public Management and Policy and Andrew Young School of Policy Studies for preparing and releasing the survey about how nonprofits are managing in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click the image below for the NORP Survey Report.
In April, the 12 Federal Reserve Banks and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System assessed the scope and scale of challenges that U.S. communities are facing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The report is attached below and named “ Perspectives from Main Street: The Impact of COVID-19 on Communities and the Entities Serving Them, .  The report summarizes a nationwide survey of nonprofit organizations, financial institutions, government agencies and other community organizations. The survey was conducted in April 2020 with nearly 3,900 respondents serving rural, suburban and urban communities.

Key findings include:

  • Nearly 7 out of 10 respondents indicated that COVID-19 was a significant disruption to the economic conditions of the communities they serve and that recovery is expected to be difficult.
  • The most frequently cited impacts of COVID-19 were income loss, business impacts, health concerns and basic consumer needs.
  • Over one-third of respondents indicated it will take longer than 12 months for their communities to return to the conditions prior to the disruption from COVID-19.
Future similar update surveys will be shared over 2020. 
Spotlight on Training
Husted Annouces TechCred Awards,
Program Changes to Support
COVID-19 Economic Receovery
Next application period begins Monday, June 1 st

Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced that 150 Ohio companies have been approved for TechCred funding, which will help them upskill their current and incoming workforce to meet the needs of the increasingly tech-focused economy, particularly amid the COVID-19 health crisis.

The next application period of the TechCred program will open June 1 st and run through June 30 th , allowing for another opportunity for companies to train current and/or incoming employees.

In order to support the changing needs of Ohio businesses and workers during the economic recovery, following the COVID-19 crisis, the following changes have been made to the TechCred program:

  • To make TechCred more flexible for upskilling new hires, employers are no longer required to list employee names when applying for TechCred. Instead, they will identify the number of current or prospective employees they will upskill.
  • To account for possible staffing changes, employers who were awarded in the October 2019, January 2020, and March 2020 rounds of TechCred may now substitute employees listed in their original application.
  • Employers awarded in October 2019 and January 2020, who had credential programs interrupted by the crisis, may request to extend their 18-month award eligibility timeline.
  • Employees can now earn multiple credentials during each application period.

The last round of TechCred applications closed at the end of March 2020. Today, 150 Ohio employers were approved, which will result in up to 1,045 credentials to upskill Ohio workers. With the approvals announced today, a total of 500 Ohio employers have been approved for reimbursement, which will result in the earning of up to 4,232 technology-focused credentials by Ohio employees.

Virtual Credentials: Many of the TechCred pre-approved credentials can be completed 100 percent virtually! Examples of these credentials and training providers can be found at .

Visit TechCred.Ohio.Gov for more information.
University of Cincinnati
offers Free Bootcamp Training
Start Date for the Program is June 8, 2020.

Despite Massive Unemployment, Cincinnati Firm Launches Program to Fill Critical IT Shortage
Josh Guttman and Chris Ellison of The Kable Group have consulted with Sherry Kelley Marshall and many other regional resources relative to their interest in IT training in southwest Ohio as a focus in the region for helping people raise their earnings and professional growth. The story below by Andy Brownfield, Cincinnati Business Courier Staff Reporter, provides details about their 12-week class that begins June 22nd.

Despite massive unemployment caused by the coronavirus pandemic, a Greater Cincinnati staffing firm is launching an IT boot camp to train up workers to fill critical tech skills in the region. And because of the virus, it's graduating the first class for free. The Kable Group, a Blue Ash-based staffing firm, will host the first classes of the Kable Academy in June in space donated by Cincinnati Bell inside of the 1819 Innovation Hub. The 12-week class will prepare students – with an emphasis on the unemployed or underemployed – for entry-level jobs in Java Script coding or cyber security. "Even in the COVID world where unemployment is high, there's a huge shortage of IT workers," Kable Group co-founder  Josh Guttman  told the reporter."Ohio has, by our numbers, 43,000 jobs open for IT. We think that's a low estimate. In the new world where every company has to figure out how to communicate with its customers and employees globally, IT is going to be even more significant."

The idea for the Kable Academy came about through Kable Group's work assigning workers primarily in the unskilled labor market in jobs making about $15 an hour. The Kable Group was founded by Guttman and his partner  Brian Wiles . In that process they were bombarded with requests from customers asking them to train their workers. The most logical path was IT. "The demand is on two fronts: web development and cyber security are through the roof," Wiles said. The founders of the Kable Group searched around the country for coding boot camps they could emulate. They landed on  Shawn Gardner  and  Chris Ellison , both formerly with the Eleven Fifty Academy in Indianapolis, and brought them over to run the Kable Academy.

Students will be trained with skills that can help them qualify for entry-level jobs in the tech sector. Those jobs typically start with salaries of $45,000 to $50,000 a year and offer the opportunity for upward mobility and annual raises.The Kable Academy will target three types of students:

  • Career launchers, or people who are unemployed or underemployed and looking to learn new skills to launch their career in tech.
  • Career changers, or people who are looking to enter into the tech field from a different career.
  • Career enhancers, or people who are already in the tech industry but want to learn more or different skills.

The Kable Academy is working with nonprofits to help identify and recruit individuals in the "career launchers" category, groups like Easter Seals, the Urban League, the Boys and Girls Club, local chambers of commerce and others. While the Kable Academy does have a social component of serving underserved communities in the region, students must pass a screening for admission to make sure they have the right temperament and show a willingness and ability to learn. Students in the career launchers category are eligible for scholarships to cover the cost of their tuition, That scholarship program is being administered by Code for Adults, an offshoot of the Code for Kids nonprofit founded by  Michael Beck  in 2002. "Everyone wants to live in a community which is prosperous, which is vibrant, where people are proud of where they live," Beck said. "By focusing on high-tech jobs, we can make the region more prosperous and safe."

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Kable Group is covering tuition for the first class of students. The Kable Group also has a goal of getting at least 30% of the graduates to work by offering its staffing services as a resource.

To apply by email:

Questions? Email Paige Brockhoff at
Spotlight on Youth
In-School Youth
Jobs for Cincinnati Graduates (JCG)
JCG Citywide Public Speaking Competition
Like everyone else, Cincinnati Youth Collaborative’s Jobs for Cincinnati’s Graduates Program is shifting what business as usual looks like. On April 28 th , JCG held its Public Speaking citywide competition virtually. Five youth from Shroder Paideia, Taft Information Technology, Western Hills University and Woodward High Schools competed on a social platform; displaying composure and leadership while presenting their speeches from home with all the challenges of dealing with connection, lighting and audio issues as well as distractions. This year’s theme was “How has JOG (Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates) impacted me”? 

We are proud to announce the winners: 1 st Place – Shannon Allbright, Shroder Paideia High School; 2 nd Place – Gloria Stanford, Taft Information Technology High School and 3 rd Place – Mariah McCants, Taft Information Technology High School. A Big Congratulations to all the competitors!

1 st and 2 nd Place winners - Shannon and Gloria - were invited by the SWORWIB to present their speeches at the SWORWIB’s First Ever Virtual Quarterly Board meeting on May 14 th . President Marshall coordinated with JCG’s leadership to provide VISA Gift Cards for the speakers so the students could receive them after their presentations, which were amazing stories to hear despite the challenges of the first virtual quarterly meeting.

With the technology and sound issues, Marshall asked the young women to provide their recorded speeches for inclusion in the May NewsWIB. We were unable to get a recording of Shannon's speech for this newsletter and we hope we can obtain her speech for the June issue. Here is the link for Gloria’s speech:

JCG thanks the judges for this exceptional opportunity for our in-school youth leaders: SWORWIB Chair Emeritus, Alicia Tidwell; Vicky Mertz, Cincinnati Works; Megan Jilg, Citi Bank and Tracey Hayes, GCMI (Great Cincinnati Microenterprise Initiative).  
JCG 2020 Spirit Award Winners
Each year JCG recognizes two students who best exemplify what the JCG program is all about by awarding Spirit Awards. The Macy’s and P&G Spirit Awards are in recognition of JCG’s founding companies. The JCG Specialists and/or School Advisory Committee Members make the final decision at each school. Then all nominations are judged by CYC Board of Directors. Each nomination includes a narrative describing how the “Spirit Award Qualities” apply to the nominee: 1) How the student exemplifies JCG and the Career Association Goals for Leadership Development, Career Preparation, Civic Awareness, Social Awareness and Community Service/Service Learning. 2) How they have led others through regular participation in JCG training and Career Association activities. 3) How the student inspires, encourages and models professional behavior in and out of class. 4) How the student has overcome barriers and challenges in order to achieve success in school, in work and in JCG Career Association activities.

This year’s winners were: Macy’s - Gloria Stanford, Taft Information Technology High School who will be attending the University of Cincinnati and P&G – Lauryn Harris, Shroder Paideia High School who will be attending Alabama A&M majoring in psychology. Both students and their JCG Career Specialists received a plaque and each student received a $1,000 check to help them keep reaching their goals. 

Congratulations to these two exceptional youth leaders who have kept their spirit even through the 2020 COVID-style graduation ceremonies.
Gloria Stanford
Lauryn Harris

Out-of-School Youth