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Workforce Success Initiative

Nicole Pennington, RHE Executive Dean and Dean of Campus and Community Relations at OHIO Southern, recently developed the Regional Higher Education Workforce Success Initiative in an effort to enhance workforce development activity in southeast Ohio and surrounding areas served by RHE.

2020-2021 Projects

Women in Technology and Science (WITS) Day

Pamela Kaylor, Ph.D. and Jacqueline Tudor, Ph.D.

Ohio University Lancaster

$5,000 Award

The WITS Day program targets the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics employment sector and seeks to engage students in grades 6 – 12 in a one-day, hands-on program lead by female STEM professionals.

Rural Teacher Fellowship

Jacqueline Yahn, Ed.D.

Ohio University Eastern

$5,000 Award

This fellowship is designed for early-career teachers employed in rural school districts located within the service regions of OHIO’s five regional campuses who are interested in implementing community and career connected learning in their classrooms and school districts. Fellows will be paired with a mentor (also from a rural school) with extensive experience in this form of teaching and learning. The pilot year of the fellowship will take place in the Eastern campus service area and be conducted in partnership with Building Bridges to Careers who will assist in matching fellows with mentors. Mentors will be recruited from the Building Bridges to Careers’ network of teacher liaisons and partnered with fellows to guide the fellow in their identified focus areas of community and career connected learning.

Southern Ohio Public Safety Workforce Development Training

Dr. James R. McKean

Ohio University Chillicothe

$4,150 Award

Against this landscape of deteriorating confidence in our nations’ public safety organizations, the goal of this project seeks to initiate a model of public safety workforce development training utilizing available instructional resources from Ohio University Chillicothe to meet the needs of local law enforcement officers in our service region.

Health Services College and Career Fair

Diann Nickerson, Lisa Jeffries, and Jay Morris

Ohio University Eastern

$2,326 Award

Ohio University Eastern plans to host 500 high school students from six counties at the Health Sciences College and Career Fair.  The event’s objectives are to enhance prospective student awareness of health care programs of study on the OHIO Eastern Campus, provide information about the importance of internships for students’ educational experience as well as to fuel growth for workforce development, and developing a pipeline for the local healthcare workforce to tap into for internships, networking, and potential employees.

Telework 101: A Virtual Course on How to Thrive Remotely

Eric Doyle Brown

Ohio University Southern

$1,000 Award

This project seeks to introduce workers and community members to the fundamentals of working remotely.  Throughout this virtual course, participants will establish a positive relationship with technology and telework literacy while also developing self- reliance and critical thinking skills. Overall, the course is designed for those individuals who have struggled to maintain their productivity, creativity, and personal times as they continue to work away from a traditional office setting. Participants will meet on a variety of online platforms, including but not limited to ZOOM, Microsoft Teams and Google Meet.

OAE Teacher Certification Testing Preparation

Dr. Martha Evans

Ohio University Southern

$3,750 Award

This workshop was developed to benefit education students when taking the Ohio Department of Education certification test.  Goals for this project include increasing the first-time pass rate for seniors taking the certification exam, decreasing  test anxiety and providing support for future educators as they become new teachers.