Workforce report envisions new roles for libraries, chambers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. John Kasich’s KAY’-sikz) executive workforce board is recommending ways that Ohio’s education, nonprofit, labor and business sectors can work together to match skilled workers to available jobs.

Some of its suggestions Tuesday included rebranding public libraries as “continuous learning centers,” urging clearer relationships between local schools and business groups and expanding use of apprenticeships and certifications as credit toward high-school and college completion.

The panel’s ideas are set to be incorporated into Kasich’s upcoming state budget proposal.

Its report came the same day the state school board was debating the effect of new graduation requirements on this year’s class of high school juniors.

Some superintendents estimate one-third or more of their current juniors are in jeopardy of not graduating in 2018 unless officials alter requirements for that class.