New careers for low-wage workers
Ohio companies need trained workers and Ohio workers need good jobs. That’s the simple premise behind two programs that link employers’ needs and workforce training opportunities to help workers make the transition from factory jobs to knowledge-based career
The Ohio Bridges to Opportunity Initiative helps adults who earn low wages gain the skills needed to earn a living wage in today's service-sector economy. A partnership between KnowledgeWorks Foundation and the Ford Foundation, Ohio Bridges to Opportunity Initiative strengthens state policy and practice to help employers, community colleges, and adult career centers better serve the educational needs of adults who earn low wages.
Career Pathways seeks to connect adult educational programs with employer needs, including on-the-job training, and support services that enable non-traditional students to combine school and work. The goal is to provide adult students with the opportunity to advance to better jobs while improving Ohio's economic base.