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Workforce Development Ecosystem

 

Deaconess Foundation understands that the workforce development ecosystem requires input, direction and support from a diverse group of actors and stakeholders. The following graphic illustrates the organizations and leaders with whom Deaconess Foundation currently works most closely.

 

Click the graphic and sections below to learn more.

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  • COLLABORATIVES
    • The Fund for Our Economic Future

      The Fund for Our Economic Future (The Fund) is a funding alliance made up of more than 40 organizations and individuals dedicated to advancing economic growth with equitable access to opportunity for people in Northeast Ohio.

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      The Fund, founded in 2004, works with private and public sector leaders to help improve job creation, job preparation and job access by building awareness, furthering collaboration, and supporting initiatives to promote growth and opportunity for all.

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    • Cuyahoga County Workforce Funders Group

      Cuyahoga County Workforce Funders Group has the mission to achieve systems and structural changes that improve workforce outcomes and close disparities

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      The Workforce Funders Group includes leaders from Cuyahoga County, the City of Cleveland, Ohio Means Jobs, Team NEO, Greater Cleveland Partnership, Cleveland Foundation, Gund Foundation, Deaconess Foundation, United Way, and the Fund for Our Economic Future. This group committed funds for and supports Workforce Connect, sector partnerships in manufacturing, health care, and information technology. The Workforce Funders Group is currently finalizing a strategic plan for the next phase of its work.

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    • Cuyahoga County Workforce Funders Race Equity Learning Circle

      The Cuyahoga County Workforce Funders Race Equity Learning Circle (Learning Circle) is comprised of more than 30 public and private funders who share a deep belief that racial inequities in economic outcomes are unacceptable.

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      Combatting the systems of exclusion that drive these inequities will require individual action, organizational changes, and collective commitment. The Learning Circle supports individual self-discovery and exchange through the community of practice, with a defined objective: after two years, each participating organization will have a stated racial equity strategy for its workforce development funding

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  • GOVERNMENT
    • OhioMeansJobs | Cleveland – Cuyahoga County

      OhioMeansJobs | Cleveland – Cuyahoga County (OMJ | CC) is a public workforce system of the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County that helps local employers meet employment needs and assists job seekers in finding success.

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      Governed by the Workforce Development Board of Cleveland-Cuyahoga County, the system includes several programs and services such as job-match and -search assistance, education, occupational training and employment-related youth programs.

      OMJ | CC partners with the United Labor Agency to operate local One-Stop career centers, which help job seekers plan, research and find job and career opportunities. OMJ | CC also works with training providers and supports employers in offering on-the-job training for incumbent workers. About 35,000 job seekers contact OMJ | CC annually and 5,000 are placed into jobs.

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  • EMPLOYER-SERVING
    • Economic Growth Foundation

      Economic Growth Foundation (EGF) works to help shrink Greater Cleveland’s talent gap by supporting and driving the creation of employment-focused resources.

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      The Economic Growth Foundation (EGF), a nonprofit affiliate of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, aims to promote and encourage the civic, economic and cultural growth of the region. EGF helps showcase and advance Greater Cleveland as a place for people to live, work and conduct business.

      EGF works to shrink the talent gap by supporting navigation for employers to existing workforce solutions and driving the creation of resources to more aggressively address the community’s employment needs.

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    • JumpStart Inc.

      Jumpstart Inc. supports entrepreneurs and encourages new employment opportunities in Northeast Ohio while building the talent pipeline to match the needs created by those job opportunities.

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      JumpStart Inc. is a venture development organization, combining the principles of (private) venture capital and (non-profit) economic development to help entrepreneurs start and grow companies – from venture capital-backed startups to traditional small businesses.

      JumpStart’s work is focused on making start-up investments in tech entrepreneurs; delivering technical assistance to help high-potential businesses solve problems, and working on behalf of private, public and philanthropic funders who want to assist entrepreneurs.  JumpStart’s Emerging Talent Pipeline program matches Cleveland Metropolitan School District students from participating high schools to small- and medium-sized companies, building a strong internship talent pipeline.

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    • MAGNET

      The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET) partners with Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) to serve as the intermediary for the Workforce Connect Manufacturing Sector Partnership.

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      As the Workforce Connect Manufacturing Sector Partnership intermediary team, MAGNET and GCP coordinate an employer-led effort to partner with education providers to fill existing training programs, develop innovative on-ramps into manufacturing careers, and advocate for manufacturing in the area with a goal of moving 3,000 people into manufacturing career paths in the next three years.

      MAGNET has the mission to help manufacturers grow and compete in Northeast Ohio, especially the 98% of startup to medium-sized manufacturers that drive our economy. MAGNET offers small and mid-sized manufacturers growth services consulting, incubation services, and workforce services including Early College, Early Career, a youth apprenticeship program that places

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  • JOB SEEKER-SERVING
    • Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland

      The Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland aims to inspire and support young people in reaching their full potential as productive, responsible, caring citizens. To support this mission, the organization offers out-of-school time programming for 6- to 18-year-olds that focuses on academic success, healthy lifestyles, character and citizenship.

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      DF supports the Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Ohio’s Career Readiness program, which offers teen Club members career exploration, career coaching, work experiences, skill development and job opportunities.

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    • The Centers for Families and Children

      The Centers for Families and Children (The Centers) is a nonprofit organization that believes that lasting change starts with access to opportunities. To support this belief, the organization works to bridge the opportunity gap by connecting people in Greater Cleveland with effective health, education and essential human services including early learning, health and wellness, workforce development, and family services. The Centers’ workforce brand, El Barrio, empowers unemployed and underemployed individuals to work toward self-sufficiency.

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      El Barrio offers short-term certification training and supports that help individuals enter the workforce. El Barrio delivers job-readiness training in English and Spanish, industry-recognized certifications and career support and retention services. The Centers also partners with some of the largest and most successful companies in the region to match them with qualified workers.

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    • College Now Greater Cleveland

      College Now helps students and adult learners achieve their dreams of going to and succeeding in certificate, two-year and four-year degree programs. The organization strives to increase postsecondary educational attainment through college- and career-access advising, financial aid counseling and scholarship and retention services. College Now serves approximately 29,000 annually in Northeast Ohio.

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      With DF support, College Now has developed a database, Mapping Advancement Programs (MAP), of post-secondary training and education programs that prepare people for the area’s most in-demand occupations. MAP is used by College Now’s advisors and by other career coaches in the community. Currently, DF also supports the organization in developing a best-in-class career advising program that will ultimately serve both youth and adults.

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    • Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

      Legal Aid Society of Cleveland secures justice and resolves fundamental problems for those who are low income and vulnerable by providing high quality legal services.

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      Legal Aid Society of Cleveland helps more than 15,000 people annually, with legal advice, direct representation, and community outreach on civic legal issues related to housing, consumer, domestic relations, health and public benefits, education, employment and immigration law.

      DF supports Legal Aid’s employment and economic security work, which helps low-income Northeast Ohio residents remove barriers to employment and get the full benefit of their work. Legal Aid provides direct legal representation in administrative hearings, negotiations and litigation. It conducts community legal education in partnership with a wide array of client-serving organizations and institutions, as well as advocacy for systemic solutions to problems affecting the low-income population and low-wage workers.

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    • Open Doors Academy

      Open Doors Academy (ODA) is an out-of-school time education enrichment organization that looks to protect, inspire, nurture and challenge adolescents to reach their full potential. It operates year-round, project-based programming that serves students from fifth grade through high school graduation and beyond.

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      DF supports Open Doors Academy’s Pathways to Independence program, which addresses college and career readiness within a comprehensive youth development framework.

      The program includes career pathways coaching, post-secondary opportunities, exploration field trips, internships and career development seminars, in addition to academic support services. The Foundation also provides support for Post-Secondary counselors, who help ODA Alumni navigate through college or other post-secondary training and beyond.

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    • The Salvation Army

      The Salvation Army aims to preach the gospel and to meet human needs without discrimination. The organization offers a variety of social services that address challenges like food, shelter, early childhood education and out-of-school enrichment.

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      DF supports workforce development within the Salvation Army’s Community Corrections program. The Pathways to Work program enables clients who are completing their incarceration at the Community Corrections program are connected to  Towards Employment, where they can prepare to enter the workforce and launch their careers. When possible, Pathways clients are connected to credential training in industries that are looking for qualified workers such as machining, welding, construction or food-handling.

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    • Towards Employment

      With a mission to empower individuals to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency through employment, Towards Employment connects people to careers. The organization helps people prepare for a job, get a job, keep a job and advance in a career.

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      DF supports Towards Employment’s career pathways programming, which includes employment programming and supportive services for individuals; sourcing and retention services for employers; and leadership on initiatives dedicated to promoting a better aligned workforce system as part of an inclusive economic strategy for NE Ohio.

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    • Youth Opportunities Unlimited

      Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) provides teens and young adults with educational and workforce opportunities, skills development and access to career pathways.

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      Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) is a non-profit workforce development organization that offers school- and community-based services to teens and young adults ages 14 to 24 in Cuyahoga, Lorain and Lake County. The organization’s programs are focused on preparing individuals for economic self-sufficiency. DF provides general operating support, in addition to funding to connect its youth programming with the adult workforce system. DF has also made a grant to YOU to convene other youth workforce providers to develop a shared learning and evaluation agenda.

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  • PHILANTHROPY
  • EDUCATION/TRAINING
    • Cuyahoga Community College

      Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) provides a wide variety of educational courses and programs and also offers workforce training and preparation in a number of industries.

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      Tri-C currently serves a diverse population of more than 55,000 credit and non-credit students each year and offers more than 140 career and technical programs and arts and sciences coursework. It provides high quality, accessible and affordable educational opportunities and more than 85% of graduates continue to live and work in Northeast Ohio, supporting our regional economy.

      Tri-C’s Workforce, Community and Economic Development Division (WCED) offers training and preparation for individuals to work in the industries identified by the State as Critical for Ohio growth. To prepare people for career paths in high-skill, high-wage jobs Tri-C has created several Centers Of Excellence that will work directly with companies to recruit new workers and provide “skills-upgrades” for incumbent workers.

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