WSCC Educator Attends Summit in Commitment to Local Workforce Development

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This year, the Ohio Economic-Education Summit had an attendee from the Mid-Ohio Valley. Gary Williams, Chief Administrator of the Southeast Regional Tech Prep Center at Washington State Community College, hopes his attendance will help to build education and industry relationships in order to enhance workforce development programming in alignment with current and future business needs.

The sixth annual summit, conducted on February 26 and 27 in downtown Columbus, focused on 10 industries identified by Governor John Kasich's administration as critical to the improvement of the state's economy: aerospace/aviation, agribusiness/food processing, automotive, biohealth, energy (renewable, oil/gas), financial services, health, information technology, manufacturing, and polymers/chemicals.

Williams expressed the need for promoting in-demand skills in Ohio's workforce, citing one projection that the oil and gas industry will create 65,000 jobs within the state in 2014 alone. "Our area needs to pull together and get our young people prepared to take advantage of the opportunities ahead," he urges.

More than 50 industry and education leaders discussed skills gaps and best practices related to improving workforce development in Ohio. The primary keynote presenter was Richard O' Sullivan, principal and founder of Change Management Solutions. Michael L. Sawyers, acting Superintendent of Public Instruction at the Ohio Department of Education, also gave remarks.

The Ohio Economic-Education Summit is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Education's Office of Career-Technical Education, and was conducted in collaboration with the Governor's Office, JobsOhio, the Development Agency, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, and the Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education. There were more than 350 in attendance at this year.


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