Contract would focus on job skills

Staff Writer

A proposal was made to the Board of Auglaize County Commissioners on Tuesday to further workforce development in the county and address the issue of jobs going unfilled in the county due to a lack of skilled workers.

Angela Hamberg, who works part-time as the Economic Development Director for the Village of New Bremen, proposed that she be hired “on a contract basis for one year at the cost of $10,000 a year to work on cohesion and workforce development within the county to take the (Workforce Development Initiative) to the next level.” The contract salary she proposed would cover the cost of her labor for around 16 to 20 hours per month, she said.

Hamberg explained that in her part-time position with New Bremen she has been working with the West Central Ohio Workforce Development Initiative (WDI), which is an ad hoc group of education partners and local economic development officials. The program offers welding and machine trades classes at Tri Star Career Compact to workers and high school students in Auglaize and Mercer counties, as well as other nearby counties.

The Board of County Commissioners plans to follow-up with Hamberg once more information is gathered.

See Wednesday's print edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News for the full story.