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COLUMBUS – Ohio’s community college system has created the Ohio Workforce League, a new statewide workforce team to help strengthen the state’s career-readiness training efforts and stay ahead of emerging job trends.

The group was created in response to Gov. Mike DeWine administration’s increasing focus on workforce training.

The new Ohio Workforce League includes Linda Hess, Director of Workforce Development at North Central State College.

“North Central State College is excited to be part of this dynamic initiative to address workforce needs in our state. NCSC delivers workforce training options that are industry driven, flexible, responsive, utilize the most recent technology, and focus not only on technical skills, but skills that develop managers and leaders for area business,” Hess said. 

The new group will work with statewide business organizations and state leaders to address challenges and develop innovative solutions to help more adults learn new skills to compete in technology-driven economy. The group is being led by William Gary, a national thought leader on workforce development who serves as executive vice president of workforce community and economic development at Cuyahoga Community College.

“Our community colleges continue to answer the call to get more Ohioans job ready and on the path to careers,” said Jack Hershey, president and CEO of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges. “We know that workforce development is the most critical element for our state’s economic well-being in this new knowledge economy. Preparing workers for in-demand jobs and careers is a responsibility we take very seriously.”

The OACC represents the presidents and trustees of the state’s 23 public two-year institutions, working to advance our community colleges through policy advocacy and professional development. For more information, please visit www.OhioCommunityColleges.Org

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