One of the biggest challenges facing employers today is a lack of potential job candidates with the career skills needed to succeed in today’s workplace. This is a particular challenge for Northeast Ohio as it’s expected that most future jobs will require a post-high school education and 65% of jobs nationwide by 2020 will require post-secondary education and training beyond what high school can provide. But a collaborative effort from the philanthropic, business, educational and governmental sectors, however, has brought about one possible solution to this ongoing challenge.
Earlier this month, Cleveland was selected out of 20 potential cities to be the fourth national chapter of Say Yes to Education, a program that launched in Philadelphia three decades ago and works to improve students’ educational opportunities through a range of different services as well as a scholarship fund. The services open up access to post-secondary options, including non-traditional credentials such as Pell eligible programs as well as two- and four-year programs.
And while providing access to post-secondary options is vitally important, finding success once they arrive in their post-secondary career is also critical. Say Yes helps to ensure these students are as well-positioned as possible by matching them with local mentors who share their unique perspective with these young people who represent the future of the Northeast Ohio workforce. This approach helps local communities create and scale a framework to address, in real time, the many challenges students face on the pathway to their ultimate career.
Say Yes to Education is an example of just one of the ways organizations around Northeast Ohio are seeking to address the talent gap that exists in Northeast Ohio. Internships have also been proven to be a powerful method of preparing students for their spot in the workforce. This notion of expanding and building on internship programs will be explored in greater detail during the 2019 Cleveland Internship Summit, which will be held Feb. 21 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Corporate College East. Click here to register.