Otterbein Strengthens Commitment to Ohio’s Workforce-Development in New Partnership with ALLOY

Posted Jan 15, 2020

Otterbein and ALLOY partnership

Signaling its strong commitment to Ohio’s workforce-development efforts, Otterbein University today announced a new partnership with ALLOY, an Ohio-based coaching and consulting firm, to offer non-degree professional programs preparing workers with in-demand skills needed for success in today’s fast-changing economy. 

Leaders of Otterbein University and ALLOY were joined for the announcement by Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted, who leads the state’s Office of Workforce Transformation. “The partnership announced today between Otterbein and ALLOY not only helps fulfill a critical need in our state to close the skills gap, but it is also a great example of collaboration, which is a crucial step in strengthening Ohio’s workforce,” said Lt. Governor Husted.

Randy Gardner, chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education, also attended the announcement.

Otterbein President John Comerford said this partnership aligns with the University’s commitment to supporting workforce development by hosting ALLOY instructors with decades of Fortune 500 experience to teach professionals to rapidly up-skill, re-skill, and poly-skill in high-demand areas of expertise.

“Otterbein’s commitment to innovation means we are constantly asking ourselves how to anticipate the rapidly evolving needs of our industry partners,” said Comerford. “Otterbein’s partnership with ALLOY gives central Ohio leaders a new solution to up-skill their capabilities at the speed and complexity this economy demands.”

Jeff Dickson, Principal of Ohio-based ALLOY, said that a new leadership mindset is necessary, as non-routine challenges rise at their fastest pace in history. With non-routine work, the job of leaders and their teams is to come in every day and redefine the work and how to do it. At the current trajectory two out of three jobs will be defined as non-routine by 2027 (Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, 2016).

“Non Routine Leadership™ offers a new ‘sensemaking’ approach to help leaders and their teams grow in spite of speed and complexity, while improving some of today’s most in-demand and difficult to hire skills — judgment, adaptiveness, creativity, bias awareness, communication, capacity building, strategic thinking, and rapid learning,” Dickson said. “In this innovative partnership, Otterbein and ALLOY have the opportunity to extend their reach to new organizations and multiple industries.”

The courses will be a new addition to Otterbein’s ongoing commitment to workforce and economic development in central Ohio. Previous initiatives include the addition of new majors and the creation of The Point at Otterbein with leading organizations from the private and public sectors in central Ohio. This innovation center creates professional learning experiences for students, while providing resident companies with up-and-coming workforce talent.

Resident companies, including JPMorgan Chase, Nestle, Nikola Labs, and others, have helped The Point generate 113 new jobs and $16 million in payroll in three years.

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