Over the last several years education and business leaders have been increasing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs, or STEM, in schools. Technical skills will be required in 80% of all jobs in the next decade.
A recent survey found that only 34% of adults with intellectual disabilities in the United States are employed. That includes several thousand individuals in Greater Cincinnati. For years, training centers or sheltered workshops have provided work opportunities for adults with disabilities. But there is a current push in many states to close these centers and direct individuals towards community-based employment. But incorporating people with intellectual disabilities into the general workforce is a challenge.
Several states, including Ohio, have recently passed or are considering legislation to prevent employers from asking if a job seeker has been convicted of a felony on an initial application form. Proponents of such legislation say the question discriminates against the more than 92 million people in the United States who have an arrest record.
At the same time that thousands of people in the tri-state are unemployed or under-employed, many local companies are unable to find enough skilled workers to meet their demands. An upcoming event at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College will showcase the school’s programs and degrees that train students with the skills they need to find a job in today’s economy.
There was a time when someone with a tattoo was seen as a biker, criminal or a member of the military. But tattoos have become mainstream, with one survey estimating that 23% of Americans have a tattoo. And that percentage increases for those under the age of 30.
Dress for Success Cincinnati has launched its Professional Women’s Network, a support system for clients who have landed a job and need help transitioning into the work world. The group, which meets on Saturdays, will discuss the corporate environment, advancement, communications and other skills required to build a successful career. Dress for Success Executive Director Julie Smith-Morrow joins Mark Perzel to talk about this new effort to support women as they move from unemployment to employment.