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This Innovative Facility is Filling the Growing Demand for Public Safety Professionals

Date: 2017-07-05
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Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland has established an innovative new Public Safety Training Center that is enrolling more minorities, female, and U.S. military veteran candidates than ever before to fill the need for public safety positions and create a workforce that more accurately represents Northern Ohio communities.

Public safety departments across the nation are facing a silent crisis. With U.S. unemployment at a 30-year low, public safety departments aren’t safe from our struggling job market. In communities across the country, there has been as much as a 90 percent drop in applicants in public service positions, in both major cities and rural towns.

The Cuyahoga Community College facility, now known as the KeyBank Public Safety Training Center, is proving that public safety service can still be a viable and sought-after profession, which is vitally important as the need for public safety professionals in the United States continues to rise.

According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, between now and 2022, nearly 1,500 jobs in public safety occupations are expected to become available each year in Northeast Ohio alone.

The facility was made possible through grant funding from KeyBank, a regional bank serving the area. KeyBank recognized Cleveland’s need for more public safety professionals and in 2016 awarded the college $1.4 million to expand its programs.

The partnership between Cuyahoga Community College and KeyBank serves as a perfect example of local companies and organizations working with a community college to combat the employability gap. The partnership has shown very promising results so far, and now we are hoping to get the word out so that organizations in other communities can consider implementing and scaling similar versions of their own.

To help spread the word, Cuyahoga Community College and KeyBank have partnered with WorkingNation, a new national campaign dedicated to helping Americans prepare for a rapidly changing labor market. WorkingNation has created a mini-documentary video about the program, which is being released as an episode in a series called “Do Something Awesome.” The “Do Something Awesome” series profiles solutions-focused programs across the country that are helping to create a workforce that is FutureProof (preparing workers and students for the impending jobs crisis).

Watch the video about the program from WorkingNation here

For more information about the KeyBank Public Safety Training Center and its programs like this, see their web site here

- People, Places & Things/9-1-1magazine.com - via KeyBank Public Safety Training Center, 6/30/17)

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