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From Here To Career

In Ohio and nationally, there’s a mismatch between in-demand jobs and workers trained to fill them.

By the year 2025, 60 percent of Americans will need credentials beyond a high school diploma – whether a college degree or high-skills training, according to Lumina Foundation’s 2019 Strong Nation report. However, the report found fewer than 45 percent of Ohioans have the right kind of training to fill them.

COVID-19 has posed a number of challenges to workers and rendered some positions obsolete. From Here to Career highlights fields that are continuing to grow in spite of the pandemic.

In the From Here to Career video series, we hear from young people who have found a path to an in-demand career and their stories of how they got there. Each episode is uniquely told demonstrating the various ways to gain skill training toward employment or better employment.

From Here to Career is a series of videos produced by Ohio American Graduate Getting to Work public media stations. These stories are produced by WOSU Public Media, CET in Cincinnati and ideastream in Cleveland. Learn more at the national American Graduate website.

  • Jammes Luckett recently completed an IT certificate program and found her dream job teaching others about technology. The certificate has helped her breakthrough to gainful employment in the tech industry.
  • After graduating with a four-year degree in psychology, Ashleigh Rea struggled to find a job that was fulfilling and could pay off her student loans. She spent years as a nanny and then in food service before she enrolled in Columbus State’s Surgical Technology program.
  • Brian Sabo enrolled in Tolles Career Technical Center's RAMTEC Industrial Maintenance Certification Training and through the program found placement with a great company as a Control Panel Specialist
  • Rebecca Lewis' career path was blocked by numerous obstacles, including incarceration. She was able to overcome the obstacles with the assistance of an organization dedicated to helping people find hope and sustainability in their lives and careers.
  • Through perseverance and a smart pivot to IT, a tech bootcamp and a program called Apprenti, Kait Matthey has been able to find a career that may just take her further then she ever imagined.
  • Early on, Liz discovered her passion for paramedics, but felt pressure to pursue a four-year degree, until a fateful event in class brought her back to the career she loves.
  • After he made the "short-sighted" decision to drop out of high school, Chris Garrett worked in the food services industry for over a decade. But, after his daughter was born, he was determined to set an example. He is now an automation technician, fixing the robots and machinery that assemble hand sanitizer containers.
  • In his pursuit to find a career that doesn’t feel like work, Harry Quiñones dabbled in architecture and construction before becoming an entrepreneur.
  • After years of working in administrative assistant roles, Omayra Serrano found a career in supply chain with Procter & Gamble and has a clearer vision for the future.