Clark State Community College has become the 15th institution to join the Ohio Community & Technical Colleges Jobs Consortium, powered by College Central Network, Inc. (CCN).
The CollegeCentral.com/ohioctcc website makes it both FREE and easy for all employers—large and small, public and private—to register just once and then post an unlimited number of jobs to Ohio’s community and technical college students and alumni! This is an extraordinarily useful resource for employers hiring in today’s climate, even with temporarily closed or restricted campuses, and students having to return home.
Employers posting jobs today can simultaneously reach tens of thousands of job seekers from 15 community and technical colleges, including Belmont College, Central Ohio Technical College, Clark State Community College, Cuyahoga Community College, Edison State Community College, Lorain County Community College, Marion Technical College, North Central State College, Northwest State Community College, Owens Community College, Rhodes State College, Sinclair Community College, Stark State College, Terra State Community College, and Zane State College.
“All employers posting jobs to the Consortium are seeking students and alumni to work in Ohio. And, most of our graduates take jobs in the State, making this a perfect match!” stated Melody Gast, Career Services Coordinator at Clark State Community College, the fifth largest college or university in the Dayton region and the latest Ohio institution to join this Consortium.
Gast added, “Many four-year college graduates are recruited by out-of-state employers and end up relocating outside of Ohio. But, the 15 community and technical colleges in the Consortium have a unified goal: match Ohio’s employer needs to Ohio’s local college talent, and grow our State’s workforce.”
Over 177,000 students are enrolled in college credit courses at Ohio’s community and technical colleges.*
As Christine Yancey, Coordinator of Community Engagement, Sinclair Community College shared, “We switched from a four-year centric career office management platform to Career Services Central in late 2019, joined the Consortium, and immediately saw an increase in the number of jobs being posted to our students.
“I’m excited to have Clark State Community College join the Consortium,” Yancey said, “as each additional Ohio college makes the Consortium an even more effective platform for Ohio employers seeking Ohio students who want to work in their State.”
According to Joy Miller, CCN’s Career Services Central® National Sales Manager, “The Consortium is expanding, and at a time when employers need to target timely job postings in response to COVID-19; organizations are looking to hire college students and alumni willing and able to jump in to meet their state’s, region’s, or city’s specific hiring conditions.”
Miller explains, “As an example, Clark State Community College and Sinclair Community College are both Consortium members, about 30 miles apart in the southwest corner of Ohio. For in-state employers seeking workers in the Greater Dayton area during the pandemic, registering once with the Consortium means they can select those two specific area colleges and immediately post to local, much needed, job-ready talent.
“This same scenario can be applied to other Ohio employers who also register once but elect to post statewide,” Miller continued. “Reaching all students and alumni, or any combination of community and technical colleges, means employers can target their hiring needs, depending on how the virus strikes different parts of the state.”
According to Miller, “The reason the Consortium is launching at this time is two-fold: First, we want everything in place before the pandemic ends…ready for employers to hire, ramp up quickly, and reopen businesses.
“Second, hiring is expanding in various essential service sectors that need workers now. We have community college job seekers in position to help out their state’s workforce immediately.”
“The country is dealing with unprecedented circumstances,” Miller points out. “Food and convenience stores have increased their hiring, as have manufacturing plants and distribution centers. Delivery services have job openings for truck and delivery drivers, as well as for warehouse workers. Fast food businesses, relying on staying open, are looking to fill a range of positions with full- and part-time workers. Many restaurants and quick-service chains have shifted to takeout, delivery, drive-thru, and pick-up only.
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“Additionally, Internet and telecommunication companies are hiring, as reliable online connectivity is essential during this crisis. Add to that, businesses that support telecommunications. Plus, certain manufacturers are now repurposing production and need a greater labor force to produce personal protective gear, ventilators, and other equipment critical to saving the lives of coronavirus patients.”
CCN’s Career Services Central® is the exclusive online career office management platform for career centers at all schools participating in the Consortium. Joy Miller sums it up, “Community colleges can have a greater impact on the state’s economy by removing as many barriers as possible, simplifying the process and allowing employers to easily recruit the state’s home-grown entry-level talent. The Ohio Community Colleges Jobs Consortium website does exactly that.
“CCN makes job posting free for all employers. It centralizes the task, so recruiters post just once to reach all Ohio Consortium members’ community college talent. These graduates have the skills. They are ready and eager to move directly into the local workforce. And they are who today’s employers are looking for.”