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2015 Initiatives Focus On Ohio Insurance Jobs

March 17, 2015

Insurance Industry Resource Council co-chairs Bob Restrepo, Jr. and Jim Clay recently kicked off 2015 by welcoming two new IIRC members: Molina Healthcare of Ohio and the Professional Independent Agents Association of Ohio (PIAA).

Mr. Restrepo, president and CEO of State Auto Insurance Companies, and Mr. Clay, chairman and CEO of Westfield Insurance, presided over IIRC’s winter planning meeting, which included a look ahead at strategies designed to fill the looming talent gap within Ohio’s insurance industry. 

The addition of Molina Healthcare and PIAA brings the number of IIRC members to 15. Talks are ongoing with additional companies, and more new members are anticipated by the end of the year.

IIRC also is busy making the industry’s presence felt across the state, supporting a number of engagement activities designed to fill the gap.

  • Career fairs are bringing in students and veterans. On Feb. 11, 35 insurance companies participated in the Kent State University Insurance Career Fair, with some 300 students attending to learn about rewarding positions within the industry. On Feb. 24, nearly 500 military veterans took advantage of the Ohio Department of Veterans Service Fair in Wilmington in conjunction with Gov. John Kasich’s State of the State Address held there. Both Gov. Kasich and Lt. Gov. and Ohio Insurance Commissioner Mary Taylor have been strong supporters of IIRC’s efforts to build talent within the state’s insurance industry.
  • Insurance certificate program is launching this month. Recruitment is set to begin for a Columbus State Community College certificate program in insurance. Financed by a Workforce Industry Alliance Partnership Grant to IIRC, the program will train 48 students as part of a pilot program starting in the fall. Those who successfully complete the certificate program with a B average or better will be guaranteed an opportunity to interview for – and be considered for – employment by six IIRC member companies that have partnered on the central Ohio program.
  • New degree programs continue to grow. Three years ago, Ohio universities offered no degree programs in insurance or risk management. Today, there are five such programs with a total enrollment of nearly 140 students who have declared insurance majors. IIRC continues to work toward the creation of new program offerings at Bowling Green State University (fall) and Clark State Community College (fall) as well as supporting the existing programs at Kent State University, University of Cincinnati, Franklin University, Ohio Dominican University and Ohio Northern University through 2015 and beyond.

If you would like more information on any of these programs, please contact Paul Werth Associates at contact@paulwerth.com.