“We are elated to engage in this training and recruitment
partnership with Tri-C,” said India Birdsong, RTA’s CEO
and general manager. “As
our daily mission is to serve the public, we hope that programs
like this can help bring economic stability to Greater Cleveland
families for generations to come.”
To recruit new talent from the community, plans call for
offering employment pathway programs such as the College’s
Workforce Success course, Adult Diploma Program and Women in
Transition in coordination with the transit agency.
Tri-C training options for current RTA employees will range from
leadership sessions offered through Tri-C’s Corporate College®
to commercial driver’s license (CDL) refresher courses run by
the Transportation Innovation Center. Most sessions will take
place at RTA locations.
The overall program is part of RTA’s plan to address expected
job openings, as nearly 30% of its workforce is eligible to
retire in the next four years. The goal is to fill the positions
while maintaining safe, reliable, clean and courteous service to
customers in Cuyahoga County.
In late 2019, RTA partnered with Tri-C on a temporary CDL
training program to recruit and train bus and paratransit
operators. Dozens have used the program to land in an RTA
driver’s seat. The program is ongoing.
“Our growing partnership with RTA works to enhance employment
opportunities at a time when so many in our community are facing
financial hardship,” Tri-C President Alex Johnson said.
“These programs are more than an investment in our city —
they’re an investment in people.”
The expanded program with RTA will fall under Tri-C’s Institute
for Community Engagement and Development. The institute provides
pathways out of poverty for underserved populations by
connecting them to education, training and jobs through
community and business partnerships.
Aside from job hub programs, the institute will also manage
Tri-C’s Access Centers and community partnership programs that
bring workforce training directly to Northeast Ohio sites.