Workforce summit

MANSFIELD -- The Richland County Workforce Summit on Aug. 2 is the place for business and education leaders to network, partner, and develop opportunities for students to explore workforce pathways.

"We will be discussing work based learning and how it creates a forum for new ideas and partnerships," said Clint Knight, director of workforce development for Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development.

The event will be at the Mid-Ohio Conference Center. Registration starts at 11 a.m. and the event will conclude at 1:30 p.m.

Knight said participants will hear about the new work-based learning pathway to graduation, and how it can lead young people towards skills and habits that ensure their success in the workplace.

This can lead to young people being more prepared to directly enter the workforce when they graduate from school, Knight said.

Keynote speaker Richie Contartesi will discuss the importance of being a leader by pioneering outside the box educational practices.

"He’s spoken to over 450 schools, and works to help adults understand the younger generation, and help the younger generation understand themselves," Knight said.

Cost for the event is $12, which includes a box lunch.

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