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Purpose of this site: 
 
The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance identified the need to improve communication between business and education as one of its goals for 2010. In collaboration with The Ohio State University  Extension, the Alber Enterprise Center The Ohio State University Marion and the Alliance was awarded a grant to take inventory of current and future resources including internships and shadowing. The results of the survey showed a need to help orient workers to future jobs, particularly "green jobs,” in Hardin County. The data reinforced the need to provide a website for employers and education to quickly locate resources that will assist employers in workforce needs (education, training, work experience, etc.).
 
Grant Purpose and Criteria:
  • Enhance Rural Education/Business Connectivity 
  • Advance Workforce Development Opportunities in Rural Areas 
  • Create a workforce development communications model   
  • Improve collaboration and communication between business and education 
  • Develop a web-based platform to connect resources and communicate opportunities to benefit youth, the unemployed, underemployed and the future workforce.
  • Address how business and education can work together 
  • Formalize a collaboration and communications model that is web-based 
  • Exchange information and communicate resources
  • Increase effective communication between business and education resulting in a measurable increase in cooperative learning, internship, and other workforce opportunities
The partnership developed between the OSU Team and the Hardin County area business and educational community will serve as a launching pad for future collaborations between the Team and clientele throughout Ohio.

Goals and Intent of the Survey:

  • Address how business and education can work together 
  • Formalize a collaboration and communications model that is web-based
  • Exchange information and communicate resources that can be used in any community
  • Direct resources to prepare and transition new workers into local industries and service sector jobs
  • Determine what local businesses need in the area of workforce preparation
  • Build networks and work toward accomplishing the goals noted above

2010 Survey Results: 

Survey is available as a pdf attachment below and can be opened or downloaded. 

This survey created in cooperation with The Ohio State University Extension, the Alber Enterprise Center The Ohio State University Marion and the Hardin County Chamber Business Alliance.

                                                                           
                                                                             

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John Hohn,
Aug 2, 2011, 5:40 AM