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Ohio companies and colleges push toward goal of transforming the workforce

Ohio companies and colleges push toward goal of transforming the workforce (WKEF/WRGT)

MIAMI VALLEY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – Ohio legislators are facing crunch time to get the new state budget approved, and Gov. John Kasich is focusing on getting more workers into high-demand jobs like technology and manufacturing.

The state has spent 5 years on this jobs plan, and it’s finally ready to be put in place.

But even with good pay and benefits, companies with the most openings are still desperate for new hires.

Instructors at Sinclair Community College told FOX 45’s Shavon Anderson there are 7 jobs available for every 1 student in their program, and 80 percent of graduates had a job within 30 days of graduating.

According to the state, 64 percent of Ohio jobs will require postsecondary degrees or certification by 2020.

In 2012, Gov. Kasich launched the Office of Workforce Transformation with the goal of identifying challenged between education and job creation. Then in December, he released a proposal to be folded into next year’s budget.

Even with the state’s push, faculty at Sinclair said an outdated perception of the field and traditional schooling keeps people away.

“For years, higher education has typically meant a four-year baccalaureate degree,” Dean of Science, Math and Engineering Tony Ponder said. “Fortunately, there are tremendous job opportunities that individuals can receive with just an associate’s degree.”

Sinclair said at this point, companies are willing to pay people to get trained for job openings, and there’s also a push for women and minorities.

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