Mayors can play a key role in their communities bringing together educational and business stakeholders and communicating to their residents the importance of educational attainment in the economic vitality of their cities. Their schools are the direct pipeline to their future workforce.
In 2019, in partnership with Learn to Earn Dayton, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and AT&T Foundation, we were able to provide seven of our cities with educational advocacy grants to implement seven unique programs. These programs focused on FAFSA completion, summer melt, stopped out students, and career readiness.
As our mayors continued their commitment, we joined Complete to Compete Ohio. Complete to Compete Ohio is a public-private coalition of more than 40 member organizations. The coalition’s mission is to raise awareness about the importance of earning the high-value credentials and postsecondary degrees that Ohioans need to earn a living wage and close Ohio’s skills gap, coordinate and collaborate on efforts to increase attainment and provide technical assistance to other champions of attainment.
In 2020, the coalition released its statewide action plan “Bridging Ohio’s Workforce Gap.”