Bridging NE Ohio's Costly Job-Skills Gap: Pathways to Prosperity
Patrick O'Donnell and Olivera Perkins, The Cleveland Plain Dealer
A high school diploma isn't helping D'Angelo Cook live the life he wants for himself and his two children. Ken Taylor also faces a frustration. As president of Ohio's main dealer of Caterpillar construction equipment, he can't find enough people with the skills and experience to repair machinery for customers, even when offering an annual salary of $60,000 to $70,000.
Area businesses, postsecondary institutions, and other organizations in northeast Ohio are investing in programs aimed at lessening the mismatch between workers' skills and employers' demands, as well as playing a key role in fostering awareness among the region's business, educational, and nonprofit communities to make addressing the skills gap a top priority