Connecting the Talent Supply to the Greater Stark Workforce Demands
According to Team NEO's recently released publication, "the most significant sources of technically skilled talent are educational institutions at the secondary level (grades 9-12 career and technical education and postsecondary level sub-baccalaureate, baccalaureate and graduate)."
To maximize the talent development in our area, the Stark County Educational Service Center (SCESC) - in collaboration with Career Technical Center (CTE) leaders and the Stark Economic Development Board - held the first Greater Stark County Career Expo offering the opportunity for workforce leaders to meet the local talent from their own back yards. The expo provided students with an opportunity to meet with area employers to discuss resumes, training, job skills and available positions. Students were able to interview with area leading business leaders and received feedback to improve their resume and interviewing skills.
According to Joe Chaddock, SCESC Superintendent and conceptualizer of the event, "the 2018 career fairs were a first in Stark County in that all 22 school districts had the opportunity to showcase the outstanding talent in our senior classes. Over 1,800 graduating seniors in a career tech program were able to network with employers in the region. Many of our students walked away with multiple job offers. This effort is just the latest step in connecting the rising workforce with local businesses."
The six CTEs (see sidebar) each hosted one of the major career clusters including: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Human Services and Hospitality, Engineering and Business, Media Productions and IT, Health Care Professions, and Trade and Industry. Each major career cluster included students from a wide variety of programs. RG Drage Career Center, for example, hosted the Trade and Industry cluster where approximately 60 business representatives met and interviewed students from programs like Automotive, Building Construction Technology, Heavy Truck Diesel, HVAC, Manufacturing-Engineering, Precision Machining and Welding.
"Our schools are full of talented students," expressed Ray Hexamer, Stark Development Board President. "This expo gave local businesses a valuable opportunity to connect with the students and keep our talent in Stark County."
 "Aligning Opportunities in Northeast Ohio: A Resource to Aid in Addressing the Demand and Supply Imbalance in the Region's Workforce," https://drive.google.com/file/d/1msFnTS8aq-k4I4CvdAT7GnL-Ne6fPXTW/view