Any discussion about the economy today includes a mention of the “skills gap.” The skills gap can be defined in two ways: first, a skills gap exists when there is disparity between the skills required for a job and the actual skills that an employee possesses; second, a skills gap can refer to the collective availability of employees, either in general or specific to an industry.
Data in the Dayton-Springfield region points to the existence of a serious skills gap. According to the latest available data from ohiomeansjobs.com, the following positions are open within a 40-mile radius of Dayton: 453 machine/CNC operators, 118 welding, 1,742 banking positions, 71 insurance positions, 255 HVAC technicians, and 736 registered nurses. While this list is not comprehensive of all openings in the region, the skills gap is obvious.
Clark State Community has aligned its programs with the occupational needs, and has invested in its banking; insurance; information technology; cybersecurity; registered nursing; nurse’s assistant; heating, ventilation and cooling; welding; manufacturing; and agriculture programs, as well as transfer programs to its four-year university partners.