Ohio Means Jobs Readiness Seal Testimonials

main-2C-vertical.png“At Adecco, we are thrilled to support the OMJ Readiness Seal, which certifies that graduates have the core skills needed to join the workforce and are thus prepared to take on additional hard skill training. With the right programs and partnerships in place, we’ve seen firsthand how work-based experiences effectively equip young people with essential career skills. Those important skills have been difficult to certify, until the creation of the OMJ Readiness Seal. Through the larger SuccessBound initiative, we can continue to bring educators and businesses together to create meaningful, on-the-job learning opportunities, giving more students the chance to earn the Seal, while building talent pipelines across the state and boosting our workforce capabilities.”

Barrett Bridgewater, Program Manager
Adecco USA

main-2C-vertical.png“Stark State College endorses the OMJ Workforce-Readiness Seal, and we have created a new College and Career Success course that addresses the workforce competencies required for students to earn the Workforce-Readiness Seal. These competencies, valued by employers, include professionalism, a drug- and alcohol-free lifestyle, strong work ethic, on-time and good attendance, the ability to work with others, communication and critical thinking skills and a positive, can-do attitude.”

Dr. Para Jones, President
Stark State College

“Spherion Mid Ohio is proud to offer staffing solutions to over 200 companies throughout Mid-Ohio, and successfully place over 5,000 job seekers annually in the 12 counties we service. As a leading staffing agency, we recognize the importance of the 15 skills and character qualities required in the OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal, and currently, qualify our applicants and placement matches on these attributes in addition to their career skills and experience. We anticipate that the OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal will be an unrivaled path of experience for Ohio’s future talent to become skilled, mindful, and well-rounded additions to our workforce. The best workforce development solutions happen when leading employers to come together to address the talent problem for an entire sector, and we are proud to partner with the Department of Education in this endeavor.“

Mark DeLaney Jr., Educational Workforce Director
Spherion Mid Ohio

“We are very pleased to support the OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal and excited to be launching the AEP Opportunities iN Energy program. Opportunities in Energy will provide students with work experience and education opportunities that could lead them to a career at AEP in less than two years. Everybody wins with this program. Today, it means more opportunities for deserving students. In the future, it means better educated and more engaged members of our communities, as well as a better prepared and more skilled workforce for companies like ours.”

Scott Smith, Senior Vice President
AEP Transmission Field Services & Controls

"The Ohio State University recognizes and fully values the 15 skills and qualities identified by the OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal. These same characteristics are cited by employers from across the nation who come to Ohio State looking for interns and employees. Earning the Readiness Seal is a good indicator that a student will find success in the classroom, in the workforce and in the community."

The Ohio State University

"The Ohio SHRM State Council, an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management, is dedicated to leading, educating, and inspiring over 12,000 HR professionals in Ohio. We serve to make an impact in our local communities by giving back and making HR visible by participating in activities such as workforce readiness.  We support the Ohio Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation and its initiatives to transform Ohio’s workforce including the Ohio Means Jobs-Readiness Seal and the high school students who earn the seal, distinguishing them as prepared to contribute to the workplace and their communities."

Karen Sating, Director
Ohio SHRM State Council

“While a low unemployment rate is wonderful for the economy and community, it can make hiring new associates a real challenge.  The Workforce Readiness program will provide a fantastic pipeline of potential associates for years to come. The skills being taught and demonstrated are skills that any employer would love to have. This program will provide quality employees to businesses and quality opportunities to those completing the program.”

Jay Lake, Manager Workforce Development and Community Relations
First Solar Inc. 


"As North America’s largest tank transporter and logistics provider, we see thousands of applicants come through our offices every year seeking meaningful and rewarding employment. The 15 professional skills required by students to achieve the “Ohio Means Jobs – Readiness Seal” are fundamentals that we look for when hiring talent throughout our organization. We are fully supportive of the Ohio Department of Education, Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation and the Ohio Department of Higher Education in this initiative to provide Ohio students with the insight and skills needed to be productive future leaders.”

Dennis Nash, Executive Chairman
Kenan Advantage Group

"For nearly 20 years, City Apparel has been delivering smart, creative, identity solutions to clients nationwide. Talent development and employee engagement are critical to our success and the backbone of our organization. The Ohio Means Job Readiness Seal program is a promising path for our organization to continue to grow with new associates that are aligned with our company’s innovative and “ready to work” mentality. Our value statement calls for excellence in People, Innovation, Service, Integrity, and Ownership. Without these values aligning with job readiness, our company could not continue to thrive. Thank you, Ohio Means Jobs, for making this happen!"

Andrea Kramer, President
City Apparel

“We are constantly striving to bridge the gap between construction job demand and qualified workers. The Ohio Means Job Readiness Seal will be a great asset to us as we continue our efforts. The merits of the Seal, as well as personal development through the use of mentorship/coaching, closely reflects values that Kokosing works to demonstrate daily and will help us greatly in preparing the construction workforce of the future.”
Mark Osborn, Corporate Field Workforce Manager
Kokosing, Inc.

"Our clients include many employers who often stress the importance of the skills cited in the Readiness Seal. TPMA’s work with national initiatives related to additive and lightweight manufacturing gives us insight into the talents necessary for new and innovative strategies that must start with foundation skills such as those provided in the OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal. TPMA will continue to support the Ohio Department of Education, Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, and Ohio Department of Higher Education in its initiatives to prepare students for the workplace." | Read Full Testimonial

Thomas P. Miller, President & CEO
Thomas P. Miller & Associates

"OhioMeansJobs Portage County is the workforce division of Portage County Job and Family Services. We offer a variety of programs and services aimed at preparing our youngest job seekers--high school students--for careers after graduation. What the OhioMeansJobs Readiness Seal does is put a focus on the skills and proficiencies employers are looking for! Highlighting this information for students will assist them in being better prepared for both post-secondary education and the workforce."  

Mandy Berardinelli, Workforce Administrator
Portage County Job and Family Services

"The Ohio Art Company has been proudly manufacturing various products in the great state of Ohio for 110 years. Our success during our 11 decades relied on the skills, creativity, loyalty, and dedication of our employees. Great products come and go; great people keep a company in business. Programs like the OhioMeansJobs are instrumental in ensuring companies like ours stay around for another several decades – providing stability in our community and opportunities for a meaningful standard of living for the people of our town."

Elena West, CEO
The Ohio Art Company

“Talent development is a key issue for companies in our community. The Ohio Means Jobs Readiness Seal will be an additional tool that both students and companies can use to better prepare our future workforce.” 

Eric S. Phillips, Executive Director 
Union County-Marysville Community Improvement Corporation


“As an employer in Northeastern Ohio for over 50 years, we understand firsthand the challenges and barriers that many faces in gaining employment, particularly coming out of high school. This program provides a strong first step in the direction of ensuring that high school graduates are well prepared for their next steps in life – employment, post-secondary education or training, or both.” 

Dan T. Moore, CEO 
Dan T. Moore Company 


"The Waterworks/Comfortworks employs more than 110 people locally. 75% of which are working directly in the trade of Plumbing, Heating/Air-conditioning, Excavation and Mechanical Services."

"The OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal program should definitely benefit the young graduates as they prepare some of the basic that high school graduates will need entering the workforce."

David Specht, President
The Waterworks

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