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State Support Team

Serving school districts in Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Marion, Medina, Morrow, Richland, Seneca, and Wyandot Counties in Ohio

Workforce Development

Overview

Nationally and in Ohio, Workforce Development is provided within sixteen career pathways, including the areas of Agriculture and Environmental Systems, Arts and Communication, Business Administration, Construction Technologies, Education and Training, Engineering and Science Technologies, Finance, Government and Public Administration, Health Science, Hospitality and Tourism, Human Services, Information Technology, Law and Public Safety, Manufacturing, Marketing, and Transportation Systems.


On this website page, we support enhanced partnerships of Local Educational Districts with business and industry. Additionally, we support the alignment of what communities need now and for the future as first and foremost determining factors when developing and maintaining the pathways, programming, and agency partnerships that will support those fields. We further those efforts with foundational knowledge for educators regarding exploration and work experience to prepare students for further study and a career in his/her chosen field


Workforce Development falls under the larger umbrella of Career Readiness and Preparation. For further Q&A regarding Workforce Development, see: https://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Career-Tech/CTE-FAQ#FAQ1515 

Guiding Principles

Ohio’s strategic plan for education, Each Child, Our Future aids to ensure each child is challenged to discover and learn, engaged to pursue fulfilling post-high school paths, and empowered to become an active contributing member of society. 


Ohio’s One Goal outlined in the strategic plan seeks to ensure all students are enrolled in a post-high school learning experience, serving in a branch of the military, earning a living wage or engaged in a meaningful self-sustaining vocation within one year of high school graduation. 


Within the plan, there are three core components: Equity, Partnerships, and Quality Schools. Through workforce development, we seek equity and quality schools by focusing on the partnerships that prepare students to reach their career goals. The partnership component of the plan states: “Everyone, not just those in schools, shares the responsibility of preparing children for successful futures. The most important partners are parents and caregivers, who have the greatest impact on a child’s development. Other critical

partners include educators, institutions of higher education, business, philanthropy, employers, libraries, social service organizations, community members, health care providers, behavioral health experts and many more. Put simply, partnerships transform the education experience.”


Strategy 10 of the strategic plan further inspires the need to ensure that all students are on a pathway to graduation and post-high school success. Through an intentional and integrated career advising approach, students are better prepared to pursue a post-secondary career path. 


Ohio Department of Education Each Child, Our Future: https://education.ohio.gov/About/EachChildOurFuture

Policies, Regulation, and Guidance

Rules and regulations regarding secondary transition and workforce development for students with disabilities include, but are not limited to: 

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and 

Ohio Employment First. 


Ohio Department of Education information regarding graduation HERE.


In addition, guidance regarding student Individual Education Plans at the Universal Support Materials on ODE Website HERE.


See further guidance regarding student Success Plans HERE

Workforce Development Contacts

Please feel free to contact the individuals listed below for more information:

Julie Frankl, Consultant

[email protected]

(419)747-4808


Joyce Brouman

Career Technical Planning District Consultant, Regions 7&8

[email protected]

(419)747-4808