Part I of Mayor's Forum on Workforce Readiness a SUCCESS
With more than 30 businesses, over 150 attendees, three panel discussions, and the unveiling of Tri-C Unified Manufacturing Center’s Mobile Training Unit, last night’s kick-off event at the Tri-C Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Humanities Center for the City of Warrensville Heights’ Mayor’s Forum on Workforce Readiness series was eventful to say the least.
“It’s about jobs…it’s about jobs and putting people back to work. People want to do right. Let’s help them,” said Mayor Bradley Sellers in his opening address to the attentive crowd, directly before the three panel discussions began. The panels, which focused on topics such as preparing the workforce of the future, diversity and inclusion, and employment and support services, boasted VIP panelists like Tri-C’s VP of Manufacturing, Alicia Booker, and Ken McCreight, VP of Workforce Talent Development for the Northeast Ohio based manufacturing network, MAGNET.
“There’s a quote, which is true, and it goes ‘At 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, it boils. And with boiling water, comes steam. And with steam, you can power a train.’ We must be intentional about pushing ourselves and our communities to go that extra degree to our full potential.” - Panelist & facilitator, Alicia Booker, VP, Tri-C Unified Manufacturing Center
The three panel discussions alone were enough to draw a crowd. But the event also included a job fair where attendees could put this newfound information to use. The fair, which took place in the atrium of the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Humanities Center was bustling from the event’s start to its finish: attendees could toggle between the panel discussions in the Simon Rose Theater, and out into the job fair at will, and attendees seemed to really appreciate this two-pronged approach.
“This was such a great experience learning from the lecturers and seeing what all is available, and all the potential out here,” said community member Thomas A. McDonald. “Even I learned something – and I’m 64!”
Indeed, everyone seemed to learn something new and enjoy themselves. Even Mayor Bradley D. Sellers had some fun as he toured Tri-C Unified Manufacturing Center’s Mobile Training lab and classroom, which was unveiled to the public last night.
The plans are already in the works for Parts 2-4 of the Mayor’s Forum on Workforce Readiness, according to the city’s Assistant Director of Communications, Alexa Gullie.
“We had a great turnout, and we’re excited and already working on Part Two. We want to help as many people as possible find good jobs.”
They are well on their way.