The Cincinnati Talent Hub designation began in September 2017 when more than 35 regional partners came together for a retreat to lay the groundwork for “Growing Regional Outcomes through Workforce”, or GROW NKY. From that point forward, work led by Strive Together and GROW NKY ran parallel and, in 2019, the efforts reached a significant level of overlap and organically consolidated. Now with more than 70 regional partners from both Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, GROW NKY has become a widely recognized collective impact initiative leading regional workforce, education, and talent strategies.
Leveraging the Talent Hub designation and initial grant investment, the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Talent Hub was able to raise an additional $1.57M over three years to support systems and program work. Coming from philanthropic, corporate, and public sources, these additional funds allowed the partnership to continue their system building efforts while supporting programming ranging from work-based learning to immigrant integration supports.
Exceeded enrollment targets by 322% for single, Black, female heads-of-household.
Through an integrated support system to enroll single, Black, female heads-of-household from select census tracts in Cincinnati, the Talent Hub enrolled 3,069 women into high-quality credential programs over three years, far exceeding their target of 938 enrollees. The approach involved changing relationships among daycare facilities, non-profit basic need providers, workforce training programs, community colleges, staffing providers, and scholarship providers. The effort is one of few targeted equity approaches throughout the country that has led to intergenerational success for families.
Logistics, Inventory Management, Facilities Management and Transportation (LIFT) offers an opportunity for unemployed and underemployed adults throughout the tristate region to become trained in a growing field, providing essential job skills. This 10-week free job training program based in Northern Kentucky will supply hands-on training from experienced warehouse personnel at Freestore Foodbank, specialized coursework designed by Gateway Community and Technical College, as well as links to local employment through BelFlex Staffing Network and other program partners.
LIFT students are eligible to earn up to 6 credit hours through Gateway College program. If a student passes the Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) and/or Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) — students may receive 3 credit hours through Gateway College for each certificate.
CET offers adults life-changing skills to help them find good jobs with a livable wage and build successful futures. Instruction is hands-on, practical, and personal, designed to get people working as quickly as possible to begin their path to a promising future. CET is accredited by the council of occupational education and provides competency-based skill-specific training in Medical Assisting, Health Technology Administration, and Human Resources & Payroll Specialist.
As a critical partner to the education and talent system in the Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky region, Brighton Center offers comprehensive wrap-around supports and training to thousands of residents. Brighton Center wraps a community of support around individuals and families by tackling the issues that prevent people from becoming self-sufficient, removing the barriers they face, and creating hope so that goals can be achieved and dreams realized. Since their founding in 1966, they have grown to provide a wide range of programs and services which include meeting basic needs, adult and early childhood education, workforce development, substance abuse recovery for women, affordable housing, financial education and counseling, youth services, and neighborhood based programs.