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ideastream Work Force Development Task Force

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The ideastream American Graduate Work Force Development Task Force is charged with developing a clear understanding of the challenges facing job seekers in Northeast Ohio, strengthening connections between job seekers and employers, and building opportunities for students and young adults to obtain critical skills for 21st century employment.

The Task Force, under the leadership of ideastream's Manager, Educational Content, strives to meet goals and challenges in coordination with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's American Graduate: Getting to Work initiative. Hear from some American Graduate Getting to Work Task Force members about in-demand jobs and the skills gap.

For more information, please contact Celena Roebuck at 216-469-8614 or via email.

Ohio to Work Greater Cleveland -Ohio to Work brings together career services professionals, training professionals, and employers actively hiring in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County in one place.  Access Ohio Means Jobs Cleveland-Cuyahoga County, Goodwill, and the Urban League of Greater Cleveland along with the real-time link to Ohio Means Jobs. For more information, go to Sound of IdeasProgram to Connect Workers to Jobs.

Complete to Compete Ohio Bridging Ohio’s Workforce Plan just released:  Just as the American Graduate Getting to Work initiative informs students and families of in-demand careers, career training and career paths to high-skill, high-wage jobs, the Bridging Ohio’s Workforce Gap provides a plan for schools, colleges/universities and businesses to close the gaps between the skills Ohioans have and the skills employers need. The plan emphasizes the need for Ohioans to attain high-value credentials and postsecondary training and education to narrow the gap and meet the demand for more adults with high-value credentials and education to keep up with the needs of employers and keep the state’s economy moving. The Ohio Collaborative of American Graduate Getting to Work (ideastream, WOSU, & CET) was one of 40+ organizations involved in the development of Bridging Ohio's Workforce Plan. because of the work and partnership with Ohio task force members within each region of the three public media stations, American Graduate  Getting to Work represented the task force business members and the need for skill training for young adults. 


Upcoming Career Fairs and Workshops: This link provides a full schedule of upcoming career fairs and workshops in Ohio in one place.

Next Up:

  • 2-Day Virtual Career Fair, orientations, and workshops from OMJ|CC through the month of January, 2021.  Register in advance for January, 2021 here.  Register for February, 2021 here.  Some Virtual Career Workshops run over two days and others are for two hours.  All are conducted online.

-For a short video on how to navigate the Virtual Career Fair from OMJ|CC click here.

-Recorded virtual workshops are available (here): from OMJ|CC these recorded Virtual Workshops cover resume writing and interviewing skills.

Virtual Job Fair: This link provides access to complete your profile for job recruitment from employer participants in a virtual job fair conducted by the Urban League of Greater Cleveland. Employer participants were Giant Eagle, Digital C, Dave's Markets (DSM Temp Hiring), Legacy Health Services,Revenue Group, Stevens Delivery Systems (SDS), and Xellia Pharmeceuticals.  Share this resource as employers are waiting to hear from job seekers in Cleveland.

Have an event at your location using The Career Path Less Taken and the accompanying digital toolkit.  Below, please find an example of an event that was held at the Idea Center:

The Career Path Less Taken Advance Screening & Family Fun Night
ideastream held a family screening event at the Idea Center to screen the documentary. Prior to the screening, families were invited to enjoy a pizza dinner. While adults watched the screening and engaged in a post-screening discussion in the Westfield™ Studio Theater, children ages 5-12 participated in hands-on learning activities with ideastream's Education team one floor below in the Brown and Nord Learning Labs.  See photos from the event here.

Richland County conducted virtual manufacturing camp for one week with middle school students and closed the week viewing The Career Path Less Taken with students and their family members.  Students also viewed Smart Money and the recorded Zoom interview with Hannah Bradley and Kobe Ballard to learn more from Kobe about IT careers, high school, and college.

Meeting Dates

August 21, 2020 & August 28, 2020 small group Zoom sessions with Task Force members at Noon

July 24, 2020 & July 31, 2020 small group Zoom sessions with Task Force members at Noon

June 12, 2020 & June 19, 2020 small group Zoom sessions with Task Force members at Noon

August 9, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. | The Career Path Less Taken Promotional Video and location of The Career Path Less Taken (full program) & Digital Toolkit for use with the program.  More content available at this websire, www.ideastream.org/careerpath.

April 3, 2019 | Agenda | Task Force Master List | Mid-Year Update | The Career Path Less Taken Documentary

December 4, 2018 | Download Meeting Recap

September 4, 2018 | Download Meeting Recap

June 21, 2018 | Download Meeting Recap

April 26, 2018 | Download Meeting Recap

Task Force Members

Vince Adamus, Greater Cleveland Partnership

Bishara Addison, Towards Employment

Rosalyn AllenCleveland Metropolitan School District

Dale AnglinThe Cleveland Foundation

Holly Harris Bane, Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE)

Anthony Battaglia, Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Randy Bennet, Automation Tool & Die, Inc.

Brian BontempoAuburn Career Center 

Katie BrennanThe Cleveland Foundation

Kim McIntosh Breyley, Fontanelle Group, Inc. / Middlefield Post

Monica Bricker-Thompson, Geauga Growth Partnership 

Bethia Burke, Fund for our Economic Future

Grady Burrows, BioEnterprise

Steve CavinessThe Cleveland Foundation

Andrea Celico, Bedford Schools

Robert Dawson, Lake County Workforce Development Board

Courtney DeOreo, RITE Board/Greater Cleveland Partnership

Craig DornYouth Opportunities

Glenn Faircloth, Lorian County JVS

Angela Finding, Greater Cleveland Partnership

Ida Ford, Cleveland/Cuyahoga County Workforce Investment Board & Cleveland|Cuyahoga County Ohio Means Jobs Offices

Cedric Gaddis, Team NEO

Kendra Gardiner, Jumpstart, Inc.

William H. Gary Sr., Cuyahoga Community College

Traci GreenLorain County Community College

Betty Halliburton, Lorain County JVS

Michael Hanlon, Chardon Local School District

Stacey HaymenRocky River Public Library

Meryl Johnson, State Board of Education (District 11)

Sherri Jones, Cleveland Public Library

Dr. Ethan Karp, Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network (MAGNET)

Shilpa KedarCleveland State University

Valerie Kocin, Cuyahoga Falls Library

Kimm Leininger, Geauga Growth Partnership

Geoff Lipnevicius, Lincoln Electric

Mike Longo, Lorain County Workforce Development Agency

Shana Marbury, Greater Cleveland Partnership

Aurora Martinez, Morly Library, Painsville

Aaron Mason, Cleveland Public Library

Alison MusserLorain County Community College

Christine Nelson, TeamNEO

Debbi Perkul, MAGNET

Norm Potter, Twinsburg City School District

Kathi PowersTwinsburg City School District

Julie Ramos, Wickliffe City School District

Halle RichCuyahoga County Public Library

Jill Rizika, Towards Employment

Margo Reda, Ohio Means Jobs - Geauga County & Geauga County Job & Family Services

Dr. Terrence Robinson, Success Pathways Alliance
Watch Robinson's appearance at the City Club of Cleveland. Watch Robinson's appearance in The Career Path Less Taken.

Jill RizkaTowards Employment

Autumn Russell, MAGNET

Leslie Ryan, Lake County Workforce Development Board

Angela Salviejo, Sherwin-Williams

Terri Burgess Sandu, Lorain County Community College

Craig Sernik, Northeast Ohio Consortium Council of Governments Area 19 Workforce Development Board

Tyler Shinaberry​, EPIK, Ltd.

Glen Shumate, Construction Employers Association (CEA)

Matt Sinclair, Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network (MAGNET)

John Skrtic, Cleveland Public Library

Jowan Smith, Getting Our Babies to College 101

Adam Snyder, MAGNET

Joe Spiccia, Wickliffe City School District

Jenna Stahl, Jumpstart, Inc.

Ran Sweeney, Ferrotherm, Inc.

Craig A. Swenson, Geauga County Department of Job and Family Services

Dean Trilling, Regional Information Technology Engagement Board (RITE)

Missy TomsYouth Opportunities Unlimited 

Frank Whitfield, Lorain County Urban League

Helen WilliamsThe Cleveland Foundation

Anu Yadavalli, Regional Information Technology Engagement Board (RITE)

Partner Organizations

Automation Tool & Die, Inc.

Chardon Local School District

Cleveland/Cuyahoga County Workforce Investment Board

Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Cleveland Public Library

Construction Employers Association (CEA)

Cuyahoga Community College

EPIK, Ltd.

Ferrotherm, Inc.

Fontanelle Group, Inc. / Middlefield Post

Getting Our Babies to College 101

Greater Cleveland Partnership

Lake County Workforce Development Board

Lincoln Electric

Lorain County Community College

Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network (MAGNET)

Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE)

Regional Information Technology Engagement Board (RITE)


State Board of Education (District 11)


Twinsburg City School District

Wickliffe City School District