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Opportunity Awareness Council (OAC)

Mission – Charter:                                                                           

This group shall be the voice of the industry in Steuben County and the northeast Indiana area.  The group will build consensus on the needs of local employers as it relates to attraction and retention of employees to support their sustenance and growth over the coming decades.  The council will communicate to, and collaborate with, area school districts, post-secondary educators, public officials, economic development corporations and other stakeholders of the community to build a stronger and larger population of future employees to meet projected demand.

Strategic Alignment Factors:

Members agree that by working together to discuss our objectives, discussing and sharing best practices, and voicing our concerns amongst the group and sharing those concerns with other interested and vested parties, that we can become a factor in community improvement that can be perhaps best described by reviewing the goals and objectives of the Angola Hometown Collaboration Initiative*.

This council’s focus is the preparedness for work, increasing awareness of employment opportunities, not career-specific training that can be effectively handled by traditional training programs, provided by existing service providers.

Career Readiness Conversation 

On Monday, May 21st, 4:00 pm in the Fabiani Theatre at Trine University, the Opportunities Awareness Council (OAC), in partnership with the Steuben County Economic Development Corporation, held a community conversation with Dr. Andrew Melin, Superintendent of Greater Clark County Schools, around community career readiness.  OAC also coordinated a public signing of a support document.

OAC Dr. Melin Press Release OAC holding community conversation with Dr. Melin from Greater Clark County Schools in Indiana. Download