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LeadingAge Ohio Hosts Reps Reineke, Arndt and Director McElroy for In-Demand Jobs Week

This week is In-Demand Jobs Week in Ohio, and over 300 sites statewide are hosting events to call attention to those sectors where rewarding jobs are abundant, and qualified workers are in short supply.

On Tuesday, LeadingAge Ohio partnered with member organization Good Shepherd Home to host a panel discussion in Fostoria to highlight LeadingAge Ohio’s recently released “Careers That Love You Back” program for elementary schools, elder/dementia care certifications offered at Good Shepherd Home and to draw attention to the variety of careers in aging services.

The panel -- which was attended by the Ohio Department of Aging Director Ursel McElroy, State Representatives Bill Reineke and Steve Arndt, Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Center Superintendent Greg Edinger, Tiffin City Schools Director of Academic Affairs Amy Wood, Ohio Department of Education Program Administrator Cassandra Palsgrove and Good Shepherd Home Executive Director Chris Widman -- had an opportunity to share their thoughts on how aging services providers can leverage connections with schools in their communities to create a career pathway leading students directly into our sector.

At the same time as the tour, teachers from Tiffin City Schools were taken on a special tour of Good Shepherd Home where they had the opportunity to learn about the many careers offered in aging services, using LeadingAge Ohio’s “Careers that Love You Back” poster series as a guide.

“Most teachers have only experienced an education career pathway,” noted Ms. Wood. “Getting teachers in your doors is as important as getting students.”

The event was attended by 40 LeadingAge Ohio members, as well as officials from both the Ohio Department of Medicaid and the Ohio Department of Aging. To download the In-Demand Jobs Week Toolkit, click here.

If you'd like more information on the Careers that Love You Back poster series, please contact Kathryn Brod, at or call 614-545-9014.

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Our national partner, LeadingAge, is an association of 6,000 not-for-profit organizations dedicated to expanding the world of possibilities for aging. Together, we advance policies, promote practices and conduct research that support, enable and empower people to live fully as they age.