ConxusNEO set out to alter our community’s expectations for what we need in terms of a talent development system. It’s no surprise we’ve made some headlines. Read the articles below to learn more.

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What Does the Public Think About Cross-sector Collaboration? July 31, 2017 Insights gleaned from focus groups exploring the public’s views of cross-sector collaboration can help practitioners better communicate their work. Read More Q & A: Michelle Collins, vice president, ConxusNEO July 17, 2017 In 2015, a nationwide public-private initiative called TechHire was implemented in communities across the U.S. to address the shortage of qualified workers to fill open tech positions — which at the time was about 500,000 and projected to surge to 1 million by 2020. TechHire’s goal is to help companies fill in-demand tech jobs with individuals who have completed high-quality training. ConxusNEO, an Akron-based nonprofit, is convening those efforts locally. Michelle Collins, its vice president, elaborates: Read More Akron Public Schools named Ford Next Generation Learning Community May 16, 2017 APS only school district in Ohio to receive this designation Read More Akron to create arts-focused high school programs with Kent State University May 16, 2017 Kent State University and the Akron Public Schools will create a College and Career Academy in the district's 10 high schools that focuses on fashion, arts, architecture and design. Read More Akron school district designated Ford Next Generation Learning Community May 16, 2017 Akron Public Schools’ effort to transform its schools into career-themed academies is getting a national boost as well as local support. Read More Summit County Employers and Educators are Working Together to Close Skills Gap March 24, 2017 Representatives from education, manufacturing and economic development in Summit County gathered in Akron yesterday to discuss efforts to better train workers to fill local jobs. The “Align” conference was an opportunity for the approximately 50 groups to strengthen the links between themselves. Read More Summit County Manufacturers, Educators Tackle Worker-Shortage Issue March 23, 2017 If the participants in ConxusNEO's Align conference didn't solve the issues surrounding the skills gap and staffing problems in manufacturing, they most certainly took steps in the right direction. Read More Manufacturing Companies Look for Workers March 23, 2017 Despite all the talk about jobs being outsourced to Mexico or China, a recent survey of manufacturing companies in Ohio found they are worried that they won’t be able to find enough workers. Companies and schools are beginning to collaborate to find a solution. Read More Akron area manufacturers invited to join educators March 18, 2017 More than 50 Summit County manufacturers, educators and economic development officials will gather this month to talk about ways they can be a part of strengthening links between education, training programs and available jobs. Read More Regional Workforce Plan will put emphasis on collaboration March 5, 2017 A law signed by President Barack Obama in 2014 may bring a more regional approach to filling the labor needs of Northeast Ohio businesses. Read More