About Us

About Us

Challenge: Growing Skills Gap

Our region’s long-term economic success depends on our ability to develop and supply a qualified workforce. 

Businesses increasingly need higher skilled workers to compete and grow out of this recession, and workers need skills and preparation to secure well-paying jobs and advance in their careers. By 2018, nearly two-thirds of all jobs will require some post-secondary education or training. Of these jobs that will require post-secondary education, half will require a Bachelor’s degree or higher, and half will require an Associate’s degree or occupational certificate. In addition to technical skills and credentials, employers need workers with the professional skills necessary to succeed in the workplace. 

The skills of our workforce are not keeping pace with the demands of employers. Nearly half of our current workforce lacks any education beyond high school, and far too many of our high school graduates fail to successfully enroll in and complete post-secondary education. Employers also report that far too many workers lack basic professionalism skills, like work ethic, dependability, taking initiative, and problem solving. Our businesses cannot compete if they cannot find qualified workers, and our residents cannot get family-sustaining jobs unless they further develop their skills. 

Key Facts

  • By 2018, nearly two-thirds of all jobs will require some post-secondary education or training.
  • Nearly half of our region’s current workforce lacks any education beyond high school.
  • Half of all local businesses expect to struggle to find qualified workers for in-demand jobs in the next 3-5 years.
  • Nationwide, at least 3 million jobs go unfilled due to the skills gap; a figured expected to reach 7 million by 2018.

Funders

Since 2008, we have raised more than $3.2 million and leveraged an additional $21.6 million in public and private funds from local, state, and national sources, including $8.4 million in state and federal grants, and $11.9 million in aligned training funds from the region’s public workforce system.

Key Staff List



Mardia Shands

Executive Director, Partners for a Competitive Workforce
Email
| Phone: 513.762.7160



Hope Arthur

Director, Health Care Collaborative
Email
| Phone: 513.562.8461



Debby Combs

Director, Advanced Manufacturing
Email
| Phone: 513.403.1988



Sean Kelley

Director, Talent Pipeline
Email
| Phone: 513.579.3123



Jesse Simmons

Director, Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Career Pathway
Email
| Phone: 513.284.6680

Partners

Eric Avner, Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation

Donna Jones Baker, Urban League

Fernando Figueroa, Gateway Technical & Community College

Brian Cox, Macy's

Cheryl Brackman, Cincinnati State Community & Technical College

Lee Ault Carter, Thomas J. Emery Memorial Foundation

Brent Cooper, NKY Chamber of Commerce

Dwight Dinsmore, Standard Aero

David Dougherty, Education at Work

Sally Duffy, SC Ministry Foundation

Scott Ellsworth, S.E. Consulting

Michael Graham, Xavier University

Trey Grayson, NKY Chamber of Commerce

Delores Hargrove-Young, XLC Services

Margaret Hulbert, United Way of Greater Cincinnati

Ed Hughes, The Hughes Group

William Lecher, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Peter McLinden, Cincinnati AFL-CIO

Jill Meyer, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

Ross Meyer, United Way of Greater Cincinnati

Scott Palmer, Butler Tech Adult Workforce Education

Monica Posey, Cincinnati State Community & Technical College

Toby Rau, JPMorgan Chase

James Regg, GE Aviation

Rob Reifsnyder, United Way of Greater Cincinnati

Gwen Robinson, Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency

Liza Smitherman, Jostin Construction

Harry Snyder, Great Oaks Institute of Technology

Jordan Vogel, Talent Initiatives - Chamber

Barbara Stewart, Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Area

Pete Strange, Messer Construction

Dallas Trinkle, Acramold

Matt van Sant, Clermont County Chamber

Amy Waldbillig, Cincinnati State Community & Technical College

Wonda Winkler, Brighton Center

Wade Williams, Northern Kentucky Tri-ED

Peggy Zink, Cincinnati Works

Employer Partners

AIM MRO

Acramold

Advanced Caulking

Aero

AK Steel Corporation

Alba Manufacturing

Alkermes

Almost Family/Home Care By Black Stone

Amazon

American Fan

American Financial Group

Amstan Logistics

AMYLIN

Armor USA

Art Technologies

Artswave

Ascendum

Ashland

Ashley Ward

Assured Patners

AstraZeneca

Atech

ATMOS

B Way Corp

Baker Concrete

Balluff

BASF

Bayley Life

Beacon of Hope

Beischel

Best Sanitizers

Bicycles & More

BMES-HVAC

Bosch

Breakthrough Cincinnati

Brighton Center

Building Crafts

Butler Tech

CareSource

Caroline, Marissa, Charlie Shor Family Foundation

Castellini Management Co

Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio

Celenese

Chatfield College

CHC Fab

Cincinnati Barge & Rail Terminal

Cincinnati Bell

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Cincinnati Financial Corporation

Cincinnati Museum Center

Cincinnati Pattern

Cincinnati State Community & Technical College

Cincinnati State Workforce Development Center

Cincinnati Sub Zero

Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

Cincinnati Works

Cintas

City Link

Cleaning Technologies Group

ComDoc

Community Action Agency

Convergys

Craftsman Electric

Cremer

Crescent

CSZinc

Cummins

Custom Tool

Dayton Freight

DeFoxx

Denier

DHL

Diversified Composites

Dugan-Meyers

Duke Energy

Dunnhumby

E Technologies

E2RBS

Easter Seals Tri State

Enerfab

Episcopal Retirement Services

European Chamber of Commerce

EW Scripps

FedEx

Ferco Aerospace

Festo

Festo Didactic

Fifth Third Bank

Ford

Gateway Community & Technical College

GE

GE Aviation

General Cable

Givaudan

GKN Aerospace

GMFG Co

Grant Career Center

Great American Insurance

Great Oaks Career Technical Centers

Greater Cincinnati Urban League

Greenlight For Girls

Grote Enterprises

Guardians LLC

GW Right Precision

HAHN Automation

Hamilton Caster

Harris - A Lincoln Electric Company

Hartkes

Health Care Access Now

HGC Construction

Hillebrand Home Health

Hilo Climbers

Honeycomb Indy

Howden

Ignight Institute

Ingage Partners

Intelligrated

JBM Envelope

Jet Machine

JF Berns

John R. Jurgensen Co.

Jostin Construction

Journey Steel

JRN Jet

Junior Achievement

Jurgensen Companies

KBRoof

Kentucky Career Center | Florence

Kentucky Career Center | Northern Kentucky

Kentucky Speedway

KES

Kingsgate

Kokosing

Krauss Maffei

Kroger

Kutol Products

LeanCor

Legion

Life Enriching Communities

Life Learning Center

Linamar

Linkology

Logan, Lavelle and Hunt

Long Stanton

L'Oreal

Luxottica

Macy's

Maple Knoll Communities

Maverick Moldings

Mazak

McAndrew Glass

McGregor Metal

Megen Construction

Mercy Health Partners

Mercy Neighborhood Ministries

Messer Construction

Meyer Tool

Miami University

Milacron

Model Group

Monti Inc.

Morris Tech

Mount Saint Josephs

Mubea

Nehemiah Manufacturing

NKU CINSAM

NNINC

Northern Kentucky Chamber

Northern Kentucky University

Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Board

Nucor

ODW Logistics, Inc

Ohio Carpenters JATC

Ohio Means Jobs Hamilton County

Otterbein Retirement Living Community

P&C Metals

P&G Procter & Gamble

PAC Worldwide

Parksov Electric

Patheon

Perfetti Van Melle

Personal Touch Home Care of Ohio

Pfau Foundation

Pilot Chemicals

PLANES Commercial Services

Plas Tanks

PMC Group

Post Glover

Queen City Elder Care

Rahma Community Center

Raymond Storage Concepts

RB Tools

REDI Cincinnati

Reliable Contractors

Rhinestahl

Richards Industries

Right at Home Care

RodTechs

Rotek

Safran Messier-Bugatti Dowty

Santa Maria Community Services

Scheider

Sinclair Community College

Skilcraft

Southeast Indiana Workforce Investment Board

Southern Hills Career Technical Center

Southwest Ohio Regional Workforce Investment Board

St. Elizabeth Healthcare

St. Joseph Home

StandardAero

Stanley Black & Decker

Steinert US

Steinkamp Molding

Stober Drives

Stock Manufacturing

Superior Home Care

Supports to Encourage Low Income Families

Synchrony Financial

Talbert House

Tech Prep of Southwest Ohio

TechSolve

Terracon

The Andrew Jergens Foundation

The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. US Bank Foundation

The Chamber of Commerce Serving Middletown, Monroe & Trenton

The Christ Hospital

The Health Collaborative

The Home Depot

Thomas More

Thyssenkrupp Bilstein

Total Quality Logistics

Toyobo Kureha America Co., Ltd.

Toyota

Toyota Motor Manufacturing NA

TriHealth

Tri-State Economic Development

Tristate Veterans Community Alliance

Triton Services

TSS Tech

U.C. CECH

UC Health

United Way of Greater Cincinnati

University of Cincinnati

University of Cincinnati Foundation

University of Cincinnati Medical Center

University of Cincinnati Research Institute

UPS

Valley Interior Systems

Vantiv

Vega Americas

Verst Logistics Group

VIS Ohio

Visiting Nurse Association

VonLehman & Co

Wagstaff

Walmart

Warren County Career Center

Westchester Gear

Western & Southern Financial Group

Western States

Workforce Investment Board Butler, Clermont, Warren Counties

Workforce One of Clermont County

Workforce One of Butler County

Workforce One of Warren County

WorkOne - Lawrenceburg

Wright Precision

Wulco

X Mil

Xtech

YWCA