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2023 In-Person Day of Learning


  • Date: Wednesday, February 22
  • Time: 8:15 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Location: Ohio University Chillicothe, Bennett Hall, 101 University Dr, Chillicothe, OH 45601

Who should attend:

  • Agencies working with adults and students on workforce training, internships and job placement
  • K-12 educators and/or counselors focused on careers, career placement
  • Chambers of Commerce / Economic Development from southern Ohio
  • Workforce training providers serving southern Ohio
  • Case managers or team leads of people working with special populations of adults such as treatment, courts, incarceration, and others
  • People in the community, churches, volunteers, school boards, county commissioners, and others

We are coming back together for the first time in 3 years!

Is your community ready to do a deep dive for a greater economic impact in the community?

Bring your community team!

Outline of Day:

8:15 – 9:00 Networking & Registration

9:00-9:15 – Opening Remarks & Overview of the Day

9:15-10:00– A Conceptual Model for GRIT 3.0-Opportunity Mindset

10:00-10:15 Break

10:15 – 11 KeynoteRenee Parsons will present inspiration and stories from the principles of Ruby Payne’s framework for understanding poverty, called Bridges Out of Poverty. Renee Parsons is a consultant from aha? Process Inc, a Ruby Payne Company.

11:00 – Noon Panel discussion – Building the Appalachian Workforce: How Data Meets Opportunity

Workforce Leaders in:

  • Health & Human Service
  • Manufacturing
  • Trades & Critical Services
  • Remote Work

Noon- 1:00 Working Lunch -Speed Learning

Connecting Youth & Adults to Critical Career Pathways (Round table discussion)

Participants will be able to participate in follow-up dialogues with agency leaders who are providing pathways to opportunity through both job training and linkages to internships and jobs. Career Pathways include:

  • Healthcare
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Trades
  • Critical local infrastructure such as water & sewer, etc.

1 – 2 PM Breakout One

Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a 50-minute breakout session (Select One)

  • Best Practices for Working With Seniors Without a Plan
    to Summer Workforce Training Programs for Youth)
  • GRIT Resources for Public Schools – K-12
  • Finding Solutions for Out-Of-School Youth (Ages 18-24)
  • Brainstorming Workforce Strategies for SNAP-EBT Recipients who are Able-Bodied Adult Without Dependents (ABAWD)
  • Workforce Best Practices for Adults Connected to the Judicial System & Treatment
  • Getting Your Community on Track – Small-Town Recovery

2 – 3 PM Breakout Two (Sessions repeated)

3:00 – 3:30 Wrap Up