NewsWIB August 2020
Area #13 Recognized for
Services to Veterans
Arthur G. Hurst, Jr., Interim Deputy director, Office of Workforce Development sent the SWORWIB notice of Congratulations! OhioMeansJobs Cincinnati-Hamilton County was selected as the Silver recipient of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) 2020 Veterans Ohio Network for Employment (Vets O.N.E.) Incentive Award. Our local Workforce System has demonstrated, over the previous program year, exceptional services to veterans seeking employment assistance. It is apparent the staff and partners not only work together to provide comprehensive services, but also to connect veterans to employment and resources in local area #13/SWORWIB.

ODJFS thanks the team for serving Ohio’s veterans and providing them with the assistance and support they need to build better lives for themselves and their families. As a recipient of
the Vets O.N.E. Incentive Award, the OhioMeansJobs Center will receive $22,771.60.
Spotlight on Easterseals and
Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati Wins Impact People's Choice Award
On August 20th Google announced Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati was awarded $125,000 in grant funding as the People’s Choice Award winner in the Impact Challenge Ohio. The award, determined by popular vote, brings total grant funding from to $300,000 for the Easterseals FastTrac construction training program. As partners with Easterseals, the SWORWIB and OMJ Center congratulates Easterseals for their recognition and award.
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Spotlight on Ohio's Top Jobs
Governor DeWine Announces
Top Jobs List and New Career Clusters
Governor Mike DeWine announced the launch of Ohio’s Top Jobs List. The list combines Ohio’s In-Demand Jobs and newly created Critical Jobs into one list of prioritized job sectors.

The update aims to prioritize current economic needs with the health and well-being of Ohioans through Ohio’s Top Jobs List. This resource includes both In-Demand Jobs and Critical Jobs.
“Ohio’s Top Jobs are critical to the long-term health and well-being of our state, our communities, and our families,” Governor DeWine said. “These are also positions that are available now. We’re looking for Ohioans who want to serve their communities as early childhood educators, first responders, and health care providers.”
Critical Jobs ensure that the state’s workforce supports the health and well-being of Ohioans, their families, and their communities. Governor DeWine made developing the workforce in critical job areas a priority because of the impact on the lives of Ohioans at every stage of life.

“Ohio is full of opportunity for anyone looking to expand their skills and break into a new career,” said Lt. Governor Jon Husted, who serves as Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation. “Ohio’s Top Jobs List is a resource to help young people and those exploring their career options sort through growing industries that need to fill new, open positions as well as critical occupations.”
Critical Jobs are identified through the help of experts and stakeholders in eight career clusters. Critical Jobs were created in collaboration with the Governor’s Children’s Initiative, RecoveryOhio, and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation.
The eight career clusters include:

  • Children & Community Health
  • Early Childhood Education
  • First Responders
  • Lead Abatement
  • Mental & Behavioral Health
  • Nursing
  • Physicians
  • Wellness Research & Technology
In addition to creating the Top Jobs List, Governor DeWine announced the new career pathways feature on TopJobs.Ohio.Gov. Career pathways illustrate the progress Ohioans can make within the career clusters in which Critical Jobs are organized.

Whereas the Top Jobs List showcases details on the progress one can have within a position, such as the growth from a starting wage to a median wage; the new career pathways feature provides information on the skills and education needed for Ohioans to advance to the next level of their chosen career pathway.
In 2019, Lt. Governor Husted announced the launch of TopJobs.Ohio.Gov, Ohio’s new tool that transitioned the once static In-Demand Jobs List into an interactive tool to help guide the educational choices of students, educators, and workers.

Ohio’s Top Jobs List plays an important function as it directs 85 percent of federal job training funds offered through OhioMeansJobs Centers.

To view the list and the career pathway feature, visit TopJobs.Ohio.Gov
Spotlight on Tech Internships
Can We Help Pay for Your Next Tech Intern?
Diversity & Inclusion Technology Internship Program Application is Open!
The Diversity & Inclusion Technology Internship Program reimburses eligible companies for two-thirds of a intern’s wages, up to $10,000. The program has been expanded during the COVID-19 pandemic to allow for remote-work internships.

This program is open to tech companies and any company with a technology-related need. This is an opportunity to help build your company’s talent pipeline for the future while also filling your current staffing needs at a low cost.

Help students gain the experience they need in the tech-industry and strengthen Ohio’s workforce for the future. Company applications remain open through September 8, 2020.

For more information and to apply, visit
Spotlight on National Workforce Equity Metrics

Back in April and May, Johanna Morariu from the Innovation Network approached President Marshall to participate in research about Workforce Equity Metrics. The study below is a complete PowerPoint on how workforce systems and organizations are incorporating equity into their metrics. SWORWIB’s innovative work on Mind/Shift and Word/Shift Messaging was included in the study as a resource contribution given the involvement of a diverse Task Force. Identifying a new approach to messaging and language was critical for the Task Force members and SWORWIB customers for generational relevance as well as reflecting racial and gender diversity. There was also discussion in the development of the whitepaper about a possible need for government and social work as a field to devise new nomenclature with many archaic terms being called out in the WordShift document.