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Upcoming stories in the Pathways to Prosperity series

August 26, 2018

Upcoming stories in the Pathways to Prosperity series

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Over the next few months, the Pathways to Prosperity series will highlight:

Career Training Programs – Career training schools, once known as vocational schools, have traditionally been looked down on as schools for kids who can’t make it in college-prep classes. That perception is changing.

ICYMI: Pathways to Prosperity series introductory story.

The college question – Is college for everyone? High schools are increasingly giving students an early taste of college before they graduate, which helps. But is it giving students a clear path to their future?

German-style apprenticeships come to Cleveland – A new program, Early College Early Career, which borrows from a German apprenticeship model, began this year in five high schools in Northeast Ohio. Students spend part of the school week working at area companies. We profile the program at Ginn Academy in Cleveland, whose students have apprenticeships at Lincoln Electric.

Career academies -- Cleveland and Akron are joining a movement started in Tennessee to immerse high school students in a career mindset through a “career academies” model. Students pick a field that catches their interest, then take classes that use examples from that field to teach traditional material. Students also have more job visits, shadowing and internships than in traditional schools.

Health jobs exposure –Area hospitals work closely with students starting as early as grade school to expose them to careers in the healthcare field, one of the largest areas of employment in Northeast Ohio. The MetroHealth System brings Cleveland students onto its campus for classes, and the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals offer a number of programs and internships for school-age students.

Information technology — Information Technology is the third largest employment section in Northeast Ohio, right after health care and manufacturing. We’ll take a look at what schools and employers are doing to make sure the region has enough IT workers, including the challenges.

Home grown – Some companies aren’t just waiting for others to train employees for them. Talan Products, a metal stamping company in Collinwood and Ohio CAT, the Broadview Heights Caterpillar dealership, have started their own training programs.

Job training efforts in the region – We ask both employers and schools what they are doing to link students to jobs, who has the responsibility for that task and what is preventing this region from doing a better job.

The next four years -- Gov. John Kasich has talked about jobs and career paths a lot over his two terms as governor. What about the next person who will sit in that seat? We look at candidates Richard Cordray and Mike DeWine and what they plan for matching the needs of employers and students.

Borrowing from the Germans -- Experts point to the German apprenticeship program, which trains young people while they earn a paycheck, as a model way to let people learn and work at the same time. We’ll join a group of American educators and businessmen visiting that country later this year to see how it can be adapted to the U.S. We’ll also visit a few places on our own, including the parent company in Germany doing the apprentice program at Ginn Academy.

Do you have any thoughts or suggestions of programs or schools to look at? Email reporter Patrick O’Donnell at PaOdonnell@plaind.com or reporter Olivera Perkins at OPerkins@plaind.com.

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