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For Immediate Release

Inaugural SkillsCon Tackled Unemployment and Labor Shortage

Fairfield, OH, June 8, 2017

Unemployment, underemployment, and low wages remain a regional concern, while skilled trades still report challenges finding qualified workers. On Wednesday, June 7th, Easterseals serving Greater Cincinnati and the Workforce Investment Board of Butler, Clermont, and Warren counties joined forces to tackle both issues in a one-day career expo called SkillsCon. 


Out-of-school job seekers ages 18 to 24 attended a unique job fair to meet more than 50 of the leading local manufacturers and construction companies. All employers were be taking applications, with some conducting on-site interviews and on-the-spot hiring. 

The career expo is part of a new program, Career Connection. Career Connection (CC) is a program made possible by Workforce Investment Opportunity Act funding, and is a collaboration between Easterseals and the Workforce Investment Board of Butler, Clermont, and Warren counties. The program connects out-of-school young adults with career guidance and intensive supports to ensure attainment of credentials that will launch them into a high-demand career. Participants in the the CC program received practical work experience the day before the expo by setting up the event space.


A highlight of the day was “Career Zones.” Ten employers presented hour-long showcases in which senior representatives provided a behind-the-scenes look at the company. Job-seekers had the opportunity to participate in hands-on demonstrations with the employers, and talk in-person with representatives about career opportunities.

Doug Arthur, SkillsCon’17 Event Director, said, “We came up with the idea of Career Zones so we could give our job seekers a more in-depth experience with employers in the region.  This kind of experience is way beyond what is typical at a job fair or career fair, so we are going to pay close attention to the reactions of both job seekers and employers.”


Different training organizations were present, and personnel from Easterseals and the OhioMeansJobs offices in each county were on-hand to connect eligible youth with training to help advance their career.

Additional activities included private coaching sessions led by senior Human Resources executives, mock interviews, and AcuMax Index assessments. The AcuMax Index is a five minute survey that identifies what makes each job seeker "tick" and best job matches for each individual.

CEO and inventor of the AcuMax Index, Jay Hawreluk, sent a representative from the company’s headquarters in Detroit to lead sessions at SkillsCon'17.

Photo credit: WN Photography

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