OTDN Success Stories
Call for Submissions for Innovative Project Awards
The Innovation Project Awards(IPA) were introduced in 2012 to recognize member partners for unique and innovative ways they have used OTDN products and services to address customer needs. This annual recognition showcases member partners who identified business challenges, solutions and outcomes in their workforce communities that positively impact talent development.
The criteria for the IPA may include any of the following:
- Created an innovative solution to a business challenge
- Impact of the utilization of tools on addressing the business challenge
- Achieved quantifiable results (reduced turnover, streamlined hiring process, improved performance, cost savings, number of certifications, number of products used, etc.)
- Partnerships and collaborations with other organization, if any, including government, community or other educational organizations
- Replication, if any with other customers and/or schools
Projects from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018 will be considered for submission.
Submissions must be received by Monday, February 4, 2019 to be included for 2019 recognition.
North Central State College (NCSC) has been working with employers in the Richland County area who are challenged with finding qualified entry level employees for manufacturing positions.
NCSC created the Manufacturing Readiness Training Pilot Program as a part of the LIFT grant to train unemployed individuals to prepare them for entry level work in manufacturing companies. NCSC administered ACT’s Applied Math, Locating Information and Reading for Information to screen potential students. NCSC obtained MSSC’s Certified Production Technician (CPT) curriculum from the Ohio Talent Development Network Resource Center at discounted rates and also purchased the assessments. Some students worked on a self-paced basis while others learned in the traditional classroom.
Students earned certificates in Safety, Quality and Manufacturing Processes. Plans are to offer a fully virtual class in the upcoming months.
EHOVE Career Center had a customer that planned to expand their facility and needed to add new positions. The company also needed a way to identify internal and external candidates that may be qualified for the new positions.
Elaine Colvin from EHOVE recommended the profiling of two positions utilizing the ACT WorkKeys profiling system. The company’s union agreed to the WorkKeys job profiling and assessments to help screen the applicants. The profiles were conducted,all the applicants were assessed at EHOVE’s testing center and the employees were hired.
Due to the success of the process a strong relationship was built between the two organizations. The customer subsequently purchased 4 customized training contracts, several in-house assessments and call regularly for talent and assessment advice. The customer has become a strong partner with EHOVE, attending career fairs for EHOVE students, conducting mock interviews and helping with other activities at the EHOVE campus.