Levin Roundtable

Levin Roundtable
Common Ground: Nurturing Talent for an Inclusive Cleveland

Sunday, June 30, 2019
Event Program

Common Ground

Common Ground is a day of community conversation. On June 30, community members, neighbors, families, and organizers across the region will host conversations about the future of our region. United by a common question, all Common Ground conversations have the same goal: to create spaces where meaningful connections are made and purposeful actions begin. Common Ground is a program by the Cleveland Foundation. 

About this Event

Technological advance and globalization have changed the labor market, making more room for skilled postsecondary-level workers and less room for those who are unskilled. Institutions along the educational spectrum, including high schools, community colleges, and universities, have a significant role to play in providing students with the base for their future learning and earning. So, too, community-based organizations, families, and communities have an equally important role in nurturing talent for the evolving economy. 

This Common Ground conversation begins with the question: How can we as a community create success networks that prepare Clevelanders for workforce opportunities and upward mobility? What are the components of the network, the challenges to the civic community working in concert, and the solutions to overcoming those challenges?

We have examples of what a success network would look like locally. In Slavic Village, the Third Federal Foundation works with the Slavic Village Development organization to create such a success network through a program called the Slavic Village P-16 initiative. This encompassing effort focuses on providing and coordinating enrichment programs, family support systems, and connections to public service organizations—all dedicated to student success along the educational pipeline, beginning in kindergarten and continuing through high school. High school students in Slavic Village’s P-16 program are then provided internships and academic credit for working for partner employers. There are other important programmatic examples, such as the Early College Early Career program at Max Hayes High School in Cleveland and their partnerships with employers such as Lincoln Electric and Swagelock. The efforts of the Ginn Academy are also notable. This program pairs each of their high school students with their own mentor who can provide 24-hour support. It also offers work development opportunities and alternative pathways to graduation, including apprenticeships with technical colleges and area employers that develop students’ skillsets while providing them with direct connection to long-term, sustainable careers. 

Cleveland now has an unprecedented opportunity to create a citywide postsecondary student success network with the launch of Say Yes to Education. This new education initiative leverages local dollars and other incentives to provide Cleveland Metropolitan School District public school students access to postsecondary scholarships and a variety of support services. How will the city utilize this major opportunity to ensure that students are connected to meaningful workforce opportunities? How can we build better connections directly with employers for young people in greater Cleveland?

This Common Ground conversation will address these questions while exploring themes including but not limited to: Present and Future Workforce Needs for Northeast Ohio; Building People and Places for an Inclusive Economy; Creating a Postsecondary Education Student Success Pipeline; and, the Special Role of Internships, Mentorship, and Apprenticeships in Workforce Preparation. Please join us for this very important conversation about Cleveland’s future.

Table Themes and Moderators

Table 1 | Say Yes to Education and the Promise of a Brighter Cleveland
Moderated by Dale Anglin, Program Director, Youth and Social Services, Cleveland Foundation

Table 2 | Creating a Postsecondary Education Student Success Pipeline
Moderated by Roland V. Anglin, Dean and Professor, School of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University and Michael Schoop, President, Metropolitan Campus, Cuyahoga Community College

Table 3 | The Role of Partnerships and Collective Action in Workforce Development
Moderated by Mike Glavin, Senior Director, Business Workforce Engagement, Greater Cleveland Partnership

Table 4 | “Learn and Earn” Opportunities for Workforce Preparation
Moderated by Paul Herdeg, Interim Deputy Chief Economic Development Officer, Cuyahoga County Department of Development

Table 5 | Building People and Places for an Inclusive Economy
Moderated by Kurt Karakul, President and Executive Director, Third Federal Foundation

Table 6 | Present and Future Workforce Needs for Northeast Ohio
Moderated by Grace Kilbane, Executive Director, Cleveland/Cuyahoga County Workforce Development Board

Table 7 | Fostering Student Success and Inclusive Excellence
Moderated by Nicholas A. Petty, Director, Undergraduate Inclusive Excellence, Cleveland State University

Table 8 | Connecting Students to the Workforce
Moderated by Elaine Suarez, Career Specialist, Department of Career Services, Cleveland State University


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The George Gund Foundation
Common Ground: Nurturing Talent for an Inclusive Cleveland is funded in part by the George Gund Foundation as part of the School of Urban Affairs’s Economic Inclusion Roundtable series. The Economic Inclusion Roundtable series is a component of a two-year effort, aimed at monitoring regional economic performance to advance inclusive growth throughout Northeast Ohio.