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Prometric Case Study - Ohio Economic Development
Thomson Prometric Partners to Help Ohio Implement
Economic Development and Workforce Training Services
The Ohio Board of Regents' Enterprise Ohio Program
The state of Ohio is experiencing a situation that
has become more and more common in the United States. According
to Ohio labor statistics*, computers and technology have replaced
manufacturing as the fastest growing industries in the state. In
addition, technology has slowed the demand for administrative support
workers. This economic shift has created a gap between current workforce
capabilities and the knowledge and skills in demand.
Ohio officials recognized that the State would need
to grow the skill base of its current and future workforce in order
to attract and retain businesses from the technology industry and
to increase the State's economic development opportunities.
"Ohio's success in the 21st century economy
requires better informed decisions by companies and individuals
about the knowledge they acquire and how they choose to apply it,"
said Michael Taggart, director of Workforce Development with the
Ohio Board of Regents.
The Ohio Board of Regents, which has a direct, non-governing
relationship with all of Ohio's colleges and universities, conducted
extensive research. The results indicated that private and public
employers across Ohio lacked access to affordable, comprehensive
services for making effective recruitment, hiring, training and
promotion decisions. In addition, individuals lacked access to services
that would enable them to make their own guided job search, training
and career management choices.
Motivated by this research, the Board of Regents
contracted with Thomson Prometric, a part of The Thomson Corporation,
to create a tailored solution. Ohio wanted to work with a group
of businesses that would be capable of helping employers find, hire,
train and promote people. They also had to develop a capable workforce
by helping individuals assess their skills, train, find employment
and successfully manage their own careers. Thomson Prometric assembled
and led a consortium of internationally recognized service providers
to deliver a comprehensive program for the State.
Thomson Prometric and its partner vendors –
Chauncey Group International, Educational Testing Service (ETS),
iLearning, Saba Software, and Saville and Holdsworth (SHL) –
worked together to create a unique and complete solution that helps
both employers and individuals make sound, assessment-based workforce
The delivery network for this solution was already
in place. The EnterpriseOhio Network, established in 1986, is a
Statewide alliance with a mission to advance Ohio's economic growth
by expanding the capability and use of Ohio's public colleges and
universities as economic development resources. The network consists
of 53 community colleges, technical colleges, and university branch
SkillsMAX Develops Workforce of the Future
The result of the collaboration is SkillsMAX, a
breakthrough workforce development solution. SkillsMAX uses a robust,
integrated technology solution to provide the latest in computer-based
testing, online learning, and Web-based data management resources.
This complete solution connects Ohio workers and employers through
a single source of affordable services designed to maximize individual
skill development and career success, along with employee selection,
development and training.
"This initiative can be described as a sophisticated
skills and economic development toolbox," said Michael Brannick,
Thomson Prometric president and chief executive officer. "It
gives individuals and employers alike the information and resources
they need to achieve the best possible fit between skill levels,
work preferences and job requirements. The ultimate outcomes are
professional and personal fulfillment and maximum productivity."
The first SkillsMAX center opened in April 2002
on the campus of Lorain County Community College. In the six months
since its launch, 10 SkillsMAX centers have been implemented across
the state of Ohio. SkillsMAX has proven itself to be an affordable
network of educational institutions and assessment experts providing
job skills expertise to Ohioans in every community.