Posts by Brooke Hodge

Policy Corner: June 2020

Policy Corner: We are following the following issues in the statehouse: Fines and fees related to driver’s license reinstatement Legislative Win! HB 285 has passed in the Ohio House and Senate! HB 285 will make permanent the Driver’s License Reinstatement Fee Debt Reduction and Amnesty Program. This is an important policy for Towards Employment participants.…

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Workforce and the Digital Divide

Written by Bishara Addison, Senior Manager, Policy & Strategic Initiatives I find it hard to find words these days. There are so many crucial conversations that need to be had. In the midst of two public health crises – one new, and one that has existed under the surface for some while very apparent for…

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Letter to the editor: Prioritize young adults in post-pandemic recovery

Recovery is an opportunity for a more inclusive economy,” Jill Rizika, the executive director of Towards Employment, a Generation Work partner, outlined a strategy for ensuring that our post-pandemic economy works better for everyone. She highlighted the need to embrace the alignment of systems, the investments in human capital, and the scaling of proven practices…

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Recovery is an opportunity for a more inclusive economy

Written by Jill Rizika, originally published to Crain’s Cleveland Business on April 18, 2020 “Chris” came to Towards Employment underemployed due to a criminal record. Through a series of assessments, he discovered an aptitude for manufacturing. With a TE scholarship and ongoing coaching, he gained a CNC machining credential. Four years later, up until the…

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TE @ Home

Did you know what “WFH” stood for a month ago? “Work From Home” has become a new normal that many workers, including Towards Employment staff, are adjusting to in the wake of coronavirus social distancing protocols. Staci Wampler, recently promoted to Director of Industry Partnerships at Towards Employment, had to quickly jump in and adapt…

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STATEMENT: BLOOM BAKERY CLOSING THIS WEEK

Bloom Bakery, a social venture of Towards
Employment, will close its retail locations (in Campus District and Public
Square) at 4PM on Wednesday November 6. 
Wholesale and catering business will wrap up Friday, November 8, 2019.

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City Club of Cleveland: Maureen Conway

From the City Club of Cleveland Economic OpportunityCommon Ground sessions on wealth disparity and mobility complement our upcoming forums with Edgar Villanueva discussing Decolonizing Wealthon July 17 and Building Opportunity in Today’s Labor Market, featuring Maureen Conway of the Aspen Institute, on August 2. Let’s bring these discussions of capitalism and equity together this weekend.…

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