Creating A Collective Impact System

The Central Ohio Workforce Development Network is a membership based, collaborative initiative providing comprehensive support and resources for job seekers and employers in Central Ohio. This innovative systems approach aligns organizations with diverse expertise for improved access to quality workforce development services and talent.

Championing equitable job access and economic mobility through a comprehensive, no-wrong-door approach for all.

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Member organizations work in a collective impact model that creates a unified pathway for job seekers that ensures they match with the best member and opportunity. The no-wrong-door approach works to enhance coaching and occupational skills training while aligning workforce adjacent services like child care, digital literacy, mental/behavioral health, and housing stability. All member organizations place a focus on securing meaningful employment at or above family sustaining wages.

The Central Ohio Workforce Development Network actively works with local employers, economic development organizations, labor organizations, and industry sector partnerships to assist with matching talent to current talent acquisition needs. This systems approach to talent pipeline management creates efficiencies and improves access and retention of talent for our employer partners.

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2024 FOCUS

Embarking on our inaugural year, the Central Ohio Workforce Development Network members have identified essential activities necessary for our long-term success. Members all agree that building a true workforce development system with no wrong door of entry is needed to allow us to meet the needs of our diverse community of job seekers and employers. Initial activities include:

  • Developing a comprehensive strategic plan that emphasizes service availability for all residents while meeting the needs of an evolving employer base.
  • Comprehensive asset mapping of member organizations including all workforce development programs/initiatives and supplemental workforce adjacent services that improve outcomes of participants.
  • Development of data sharing practices across member organizations to better serve job seekers who engage with more than one member. This may include the implementation of shared data system.
  • Implementation of a professional development structure to support the professional growth of front-line and leadership within member organizations.
  • Development of information sharing platform to ensure all member organizations have access to current labor market information, employer and industry opportunities, and member organization updates

Contact Us

Scott Johnson

(614) 599-6051