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County, Private Businesses Launch Conexus to Better Connect Job Seekers and Employers

By Jim Mackinnon, Akron Beacon Journal

If you are looking for a job but don’t think you have what it takes to work in today’s sophisticated manufacturing or information technology environment, a whole lot of people want you to reconsider.

That’s in large part because a whole lot of Summit County businesses say they now are looking to hire people who have what they see as the right basic skills, not work experience.

Welcome to Conexus, a program more than a year in the making.

Summit County government, local schools, businesses and others are collaborating on what they believe is a smarter, more comprehensive way to connect employers with new employees.

Conexus is being launched at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at an event and panel discussion hosted by manufacturer SGS Tool in Cuyahoga Falls. Conexus, a rebranded organization that succeeds Summit Workforce Solutions, will operate out of the Ohio Means Jobs center at 1040 E. Tallmadge Ave. in Akron.

“Our primary goal is to connect work to prosperity,” said Sue Lacy, president of Summit Workforce Solutions, who will oversee Conexus.

“We connect job seekers to good jobs and careers that have a sustainable wage … even above a livable wage,” Lacy said. “We work really hard to understand the talent needs of many companies.”

Job seekers will be able to go to the Conexus website — www.conexus.jobs — and look for work, she said. And companies looking for employees will have access to a database of prospects as well, Lacy said.

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