OLC Collaborates with State Agencies to Address Workforce Training and Information

The OLC is working with the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation and other state agencies on a number of projects to recognize the role of public libraries in Ohio’s adult workforce system. Here is a brief update on a few of those projects and webinars.


OMJ Centers and MOUs 
The FY18-19 state budget requires OhioMeansJobs (OMJ) centers to establish a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with one or more public libraries in the community. The purpose of the MOU is to facilitate collaboration and coordination of workforce programs and education and job training resources. The relationships and partnerships between the OMJ centers and public libraries will vary greatly depending on the needs of library customers, size of the library system and capacity of the library.


letter was sent this week from the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to Workforce Development Board Directors regarding the MOU requirement. Sample MOUs are available from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and the Stark County District Library.


Aspire Adult Education Program Webinar
The OLC has teamed up with the Ohio Department of Higher Education to offer a free webinar on Wed., Nov. 8, 1:00-2:00 p.m., for members to learn more about Ohio’s Aspire program, how libraries can participate, and basic information about the Aspire grant process. The Aspire program helps Ohioans 18 years of age or older who have less than a 12th-grade education or the equivalent build the skills they need to become employed or pursue higher education or training. For those who can’t watch it live, the webinar will be recorded and posted to the OLC website.


Changes to High School Equivalency Exams
The OLC is working with Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to schedule a webinar for OLC members regarding recent changes to the Adult Diploma Program. State law now allows ODE to approve additional nationally- recognized high school equivalency tests. Under the new law, the Ohio High School Equivalence Diploma will be recognized as the Ohio Certificate of High School Equivalence. The date and time of the OLC’s webinar is pending.