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Blog // Connect Ohio

2.7 Million Working-Age Ohioans Report Difficulties with Technology in Work Place

By Lyndsey Kleven

According to Connect Ohio’s recently published report, Training Ohio’s Workforce—Bringing Digital Skills to the Workplace, more than 2.7 million working-age Ohio adults say they would have difficulty completing computer-related tasks required by most employers, while two-thirds of Ohio businesses (67%) use broadband and need employees who can use it effectively. Nationally, 70% of businesses consider it “important” or “very important” for employees to have some Internet skills. Many Ohio adults lack the digital skills that employers are seeking — one in eight Ohio households that do not subscribe to broadband cite a lack of digital literacy...

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Gallipolis Resident Finds Work Through Digital Works After 6 Months of Unemployment

By Lyndsey Kleven

Pat Bailey came to the Digital Works program after being terminated from her previous job in August of 2013. Struggling for months to find a job that met her needs, the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services directed her to the new Digital Works program in Gallipolis in late fall. “I was unable to find another job that I can physically be able to do, having arthritis in my knee and hip, I need a job where I can sit down,” said Bailey. “I am completing the training this month and look forward to a long and happy employment relationship through Digital Works.” Bailey was college educated but hadn’t held a job while she was married and...

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The Fastest and Slowest Internet Speeds in America

By COH Staff

Written by: Max King, Connect Ohio Policy Intern According to a recent Washington Post blog, the town of Ephrata, Washington, has the fastest broadband Internet in the US. A town of 7,664 residents, Ephrata’s average download speed of 85.5 megabits per second is tops in the nation, per research by Ookla. Coming in second was Kansas City, MO, with an average download speed of 49.9 megabits per second (Mbps). Connect Ohio’s recent broadband availability research supports this trend of faster broadband speeds. The latest round of research revealed from late 2013 shows a 22 percentage point increase in 50Mbps speeds over the past two years. Now...

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Digital Works Hires Trainee to Facilitate Program

By Lyndsey Kleven

When Pearlie Palmer attended orientation at Digital Works in Portsmouth, the only thing that she wanted was to secure a way to support her family before her unemployment benefits expired. As a single mother with a 13-year-old daughter and a 17-year-old special needs son, it was essential that Palmer find a way to start earning a paycheck as quickly as possible. Even with a bachelor’s degree in social work, Palmer was unable to find work locally. “I had worked in the field of social work for over 20 years, I knew that I always wanted to help people,” said Palmer.  “After becoming unemployed, I had almost given up hope of finding good...

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