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Will They Leave or Stay? What Young People Say

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- As part of our Brain Gain editorial program, The Business Journal is interviewing young people, asking about their aspirations, perceptions of the region, parental support and what they would like to communicate to older generations. High school students featured here were interviewed at random Oct. 29 during...

Workforce Accelerator Will Provide High-Tech Training

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- As the expanding digital economy increases demand for highly skilled technology workers, IBM and Youngstown State University are partnering to fill the growing skills gap. IBM and university officials announced the launch of the YSU IT Workforce Accelerator at a press event Wednesday. The accelerator will provide...

Young Professionals Help Shenango Valley ‘Thrive’

WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. — When Sherris Moreira assumed the role of executive director of the Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce in 2016, she recognized that its young-professionals group needed to be refreshed. The challenge, as she saw it, was connecting young professionals to business leaders in a meaningful way. To do so would require breaking […]

WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. -- When Sherris Moreira assumed the role of executive director of the Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce in 2016, she recognized that its young-professionals group needed to be refreshed. The challenge, as she saw it, was connecting young professionals to business leaders in a meaningful way. To...

Teaching Appalachian Workforce Additive Manufacturing

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — A free educational series hosted by the Youngstown Business Incubator offers manufacturers in Appalachian counties an opportunity to explore the possibilities of incorporating additive manufacturing in their processes. The Appalachian Workforce Education & Training program is designed to support job training efforts and workforce development in 32 Ohio counties, including Mahoning, Trumbull […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- A free educational series hosted by the Youngstown Business Incubator offers manufacturers in Appalachian counties an opportunity to explore the possibilities of incorporating additive manufacturing in their processes. The Appalachian Workforce Education & Training program is designed to support job training efforts and workforce development in 32...

Empowerment Conference Mentors Young Men

YOUNGSTOWN – Showing kids what’s possible is the mantra for the Promising Men Mentorship Program. Mentors like Scott Washington and other area professionals spend their lunch hour on a Monday or Friday mentoring black and Hispanic boys. Three years ago, Washington and Bruce Rushton, his friend since kindergarten, created the nonprofit Kool Boiz Foundation. The […]

YOUNGSTOWN - Showing kids what’s possible is the mantra for the Promising Men Mentorship Program. Mentors like Scott Washington and other area professionals spend their lunch hour on a Monday or Friday mentoring black and Hispanic boys. Three years ago, Washington and Bruce Rushton, his friend since kindergarten, created the...

Oak Hill Brings Brain Gain to Inner City

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Trina Williams went from selling drugs on the streets to catering food for politicians. Her transformation was possible through an entrepreneurial venture at the small-business incubator in the Oak Hill Collaborative where she created a catering business. She now operates the business out of the Kitchen Incubator...

Brain Gain is Canfield Teenager’s Business

By Lisa Solley YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Marquan Herron feels no pressure when he’s on the football field. Put a test such as the ACT in front of the Chaney High School student, though, and he freezes. “I’m not a good test taker,” says the soft-spoken senior. “It’s way more pressure...

Goodwill Takes Training Program on the Road

YOUNGSTOWN – A digital mobile training center on wheels will help narrow the gap in the  digital divide for displaced workers and improve work training skills for younger generations. Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries unveiled its Mobile Technical and Instructional Vehicle Thursday at the service agency’s Belmont Avenue location.  “There’s nowhere we won’t go – as […]

YOUNGSTOWN - A digital mobile training center on wheels will help narrow the gap in the  digital divide for displaced workers and improve work training skills for younger generations. Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries unveiled its Mobile Technical and Instructional Vehicle Thursday at the service agency’s Belmont Avenue location.  “There’s nowhere...

Oak Hill Begins Digital Inclusion Week with 3D Printing

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Oak Hill Collaborative kicked off Digital Inclusion Week with a class on 3D printing Tuesday morning to show adults they can learn new technology. The small group of attendees watched as instructor Amy Zell explained how web-based software programs can be used to create an object like a cookie cutter. Once […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Oak Hill Collaborative kicked off Digital Inclusion Week with a class on 3D printing Tuesday morning to show adults they can learn new technology. The small group of attendees watched as instructor Amy Zell explained how web-based software programs can be used to create an object...

Aim Fuels Job Retention, Recruitment with Picnic

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — More than 125 people showed up at Aim Transportation Solutions’ headquarters at 1500 Trumbull Ave. for the company’s first annual Driver Appreciation Picnic Sept. 14.  Tom Reda, vice president of business development for Aim Integrated Logistics, addressed Aim company drivers: “Without you and the service you provide our customers, we would be […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- More than 125 people showed up at Aim Transportation Solutions’ headquarters at 1500 Trumbull Ave. for the company’s first annual Driver Appreciation Picnic Sept. 14.  Tom Reda, vice president of business development for Aim Integrated Logistics, addressed Aim company drivers: “Without you and the service you provide...