Workforce Development Options Grow
Offering a skilled and agile workforce is an essential asset for attracting and retaining business. The workforce development resources now available to Middletown employers via two colleges, two technical schools, and their affiliated workforce development opportunities, give Middletown an edge over cities of similar size throughout Ohio.
Along with traditional two- and four-year degrees, Miami University and Cincinnati State offer a variety of workforce development training options, and will customize training for individual employers. An additional benefit for local employers is the availability of co-op students and interns provided through the schools. Both Miami University and Cincinnati State have well-established and nationally recognized student intern and co-op placement programs.
Board of Regents Offers Online Resources
Ohioans considering postsecondary education can now access free resources online to help them prepare for and choose a college or career-technical program, and identify financial aid to help pay for it.
OhioMeansSuccess offers guidance in the decision-making process for students and families who are exploring educational opportunities—whether it be a certificate, two-year, four-year or post-graduate degree.
The importance of a postsecondary education is twofold. For graduates, it can mean a greater annual income. And for Ohio, it means being more competitive in a global economy by generating a greater number of skilled workers to fill available jobs. Visit www.OhioMeansSuccess.org and get started on the path to college and career success.
Technical training is also available through Butler Tech and the Warren County Career Center, as well as more than 40 colleges located within 60 miles of Middletown.
Below is a brief summary of adult workforce development training programs offered by local providers; and information regarding funding programs and workforce hiring assistance. This information was recently discussed at Middletown’s Workforce Development Symposium:
Cincinnati State Workforce Development Center (WDC)
WDC will celebrate the grand opening of its new Middletown Campus (1 North Main Street, Middletown) in December. The center provides customized training that can be held onsite at the employer’s facility; the Middletown campus location; or at the Cincinnati State Evendale location (10100 Reading Road, Cincinnati). The WDC is nationally known for its highly customized, practical, performance-based employee development courses and programs.
Programs include standard certifications or customized training tailored to each organization’s workforce training needs. The WDC also offers short, job-oriented certificate courses in the industrial maintenance, health care, public safety and professional/managerial areas. The new offerings are designed to help Middletown area employers meet their workforce training needs in a reliable, cost-effective manner. More specialized programs include Institute of Intellectual Capital: Certified Business Development Professional Program that provides an extensive, certification program in the management and business development of intellectual capital.
For more information on Cincinnati State programs, visit www.cincinnatistate.edu/real-world-academics/workforce-development-center, or contact Jim Bax, director of Cincinnati State, Middletown, at 513.569.4945 or email@example.com.
Miami University Corporate and Community Institute (CCI)
Miami University provides two- and four-year college degrees through its Middletown campus, (4200 N. University Blvd., Middletown). Miami also provides workforce training through its Corporate and Community Institute, which conducts programs at both of Miami’s regional campuses, as well as the Voice of America Learning Center, and at employers’ facilities. The CCI provides professional training in the areas of employee assessments, needs analysis and customized solutions.
Consultants share best practices and knowledge of industry trends when appropriate, as well as work with companies to develop creative and innovative solutions that support their goals. Program areas include leadership development, professional training, human resource, operations and process improvement, project management, sales and marketing, and customer service. CCI consultants:
- Work with management teams to understand each company’s specific business challenges and performance needs.
- Research, interview and secure expert educators.
- Assist with tailored curriculum design and direction.
- Manage all phases of the employee training (i.e., proposals, agreements, invoicing, logistics, evaluations, purchase and organization of training materials).
Butler Tech Adult Education
Butler Tech (3603 Hamilton-Middletown Road, Hamilton) offers a wide variety of traditional and online options for adult education. Programs can be customized for each business and includes assessments, training/seminars and industry apprenticeships.
Programs and certifications include business technology, management and leadership, quality and process improvement, medical assisting, pharmacy technology, STNA, advanced manufacturing, maintenance technology, business technology, marketing and e-marketing, network technology, digital media arts, and biotechnology. Traditional programs such as welding have been updated to include the latest plasma cutting and robotic technology.
Greentree Health Science Academy
The Greentree Health Science Academy is a dynamic new prototype for health sciences education. The collaborative is located directly on the campus of the 279-bed Atrium Medical Center (1 Medical Center Drive, Middletown). The Academy connects high school and adult students with practical experience in health care. Three educational institutions provide adult healthcare education in classrooms with real-world laboratories located at the facility—Miami University, Warren County Career Center and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. Negotiations with additional providers are underway.
Certifications and programs include medical assistant, medical billing and coding, phlebotomy technician, EKG technician, state-tested nursing assistant, pharmacy technician, multiskilled medical technician, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) classes, RN to BSN classes, emergency medical technician/paramedic classes, and health information technology.
For more information, visit www.regionals.muohio.edu/greentree/ or www.mywccc.org/greentreehealthscience
academy.aspx or call Greentree at 513.933.3960, or contact the school in which you wish to enroll.
Many workforce development services are available to employers through Workforce One to assist them with their staffing needs. It also houses a number of agencies and organizations to help job seekers with all aspects of their job search. Employers can access a wide variety of free services and activities to assist them with recruiting, hiring and other business needs, including job postings through Ohio Means Jobs (a statewide electronic job-matching system); assistance with employment applications; applicant screening; employer workshops; labor market information; and tax credits.
Workforce One has multiple locations and is part of the Workforce One Investment Board of Southwest Ohio—a three-county regional organization made up of Butler, Clermont and Warren County leaders.
- Workforce One of Butler County—Fairfield Crossing Shopping Center, 4631 Dixie Highway (State Route 4), Fairfield.
- Workforce One of Warren County—300 East Silver Street, Lebanon.
- Workforce One of Clermont County, 756 Old State Route 74 Cincinnati.
For more information on employer services, contact Stewart Leonard, business services representative, at 513.785.6511 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding for Training
Money from the State of Ohio to help employers pay for training of new hires is managed by Jobs and Family Services. Current programs can provide $8,000 per employee (up to 50% of wages). For more information, contact Leah Winkler, workforce specialist for southwest Ohio, Ohio Job and Family Services, at 513.312.2584 or email@example.com.
Money from the State of Ohio to help pay for incumbent workers is managed by Ohio’s Development Services Agency. Development Services has published information regarding a pending release of $50 million in training money. Funding is proposed to be $4,000 per employee with a maximum of $500,000 per company and covers specific eligible types of training. For more information, contact Jenny Spohr, regional workforce director at the Ohio Development Services Agency, at 513.852.2828 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any training questions or requests, please contact the Middletown Department of Economic Development at 513.425.7847. We can help link your company with the right providers.