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Invitation to Review and Approve Ohio’s Industry-Recognized Credentials for 2020-21

December 18th, 2019

From the Columbus Chamber of Commerce Director of Workforce, Kelly Fuller, please see this upcoming opportunity to influence and inform the credentials and certificates of the emerging workforce. As a business partner in the following industries, you voice is critical:

  • Construction
  • Education
  • Health
  • Business, Marketing and Finance

Please RSVP to Patti Guseman by email at or by phone at (614) 644-6728.

Dear Business and Industry Leaders:

The Ohio Department of Education and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation are partnering to convene employers and hiring managers to review and approveindustry-recognized credentials for the 2020-21 school year. The Ohio Department of Education conducts this review process annually, and the results are important for several reasons:

  1. Affects high school graduation: Students can qualify for high school graduation by earning recognized credentials to satisfy part of their high school graduation requirements.
  2. Responds to critical workforce needs: Industry-recognized credentials can help employers validate the knowledge and skills of potential workers and move quickly to fill in-demand jobs.
  3. Increases work-based learning for students—Students who earn industry-recognized credentials in high school benefit from engaging work-based learning experiences.

For these reasons, Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted have prioritized the expansion of industry-recognized credentials for high school students. This expansion is dependent upon a relevant and updated list of approved industry-recognized credentials.

THIS IS WHERE WE NEED YOUR HELP. The process to approve industry-recognized credentials requires a small group (optimum number: 10 reviewers in most groups though that can fluctuate) of business and industry representatives who 1) possess knowledge of the career field and 2) have some understanding of human resource and hiring needs. Reviewers are not required to have prior knowledge of the review process or experience with the list of industry recognized credentials.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN SERVING IN THIS IMPORTANT ROLE, then the Ohio Department of Education will confirm your participation and provide you with pre-reading materials, instructions and applications in advance of the review session. Facilitators will guide the review team through a quick-moving, yet robust discussion that results in the approval or disapproval of an industry-recognized credential. The full process takes approximately two hours, depending on the number of credentials to review.

THE FOLLOWING DATES AND TIMES HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED. Below please find timeslots that are being held for specific career field reviews. The following reviews will occur at the Ohio Aggregates & Industrial Minerals Association (OAIMA), located at 746 Morrison Road, Gahanna, OH 43230.

  • Construction – Wednesday, January 15, 2020 9AM-12PM
  • Education and Training – Wednesday, January 15, 2020 1PM-4PM
  • Health – Monday, January 20, 2020 9AM-12PM
  • Business, Marketing and Finance – Monday, January 20, 2020 1PM-4PM

The following reviews will occur at the Ohio FFA Center – 717 E. 17th Avenue, Columbus, 43211.

  • Information Technology – Wednesday, January 29, 2020 9AM-12PM
  • Manufacturing Wednesday, January 29, 2020 1PM-4PM

 We will also be conducting a virtual review for the Transportation career field.

CONFIRM YOUR PARTICIPATION. If you are interested and available, then please confirm your attendance for the specific date that is relevant to your expertise directly with Patti Guseman by email at or by phone at (614) 644-6728.

This is an important review process that benefits both students and employers. Thank you for your time and commitment to ensuring that Ohio’s students are challenged, prepared and empowered for success after high school.