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The Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation (OWT) worked with the Ohio Education Research Center (OERC) to develop a common set of metrics for Ohio’s largest workforce development programs. These metrics are accessible through this website and dashboard developed by the OWT and OERC. Descriptions of the workforce programs can be found on each workforce program description page .

For each workforce program, the dashboard reports the number of individuals completing the program, the number of completers subsequently employed in Ohio, their median earnings, employment stability, college enrollment, and education and training credentials earned. The dashboard is populated with data from existing administrative records (i.e. existing records collected in the course of routine operations) provided by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the Ohio Department of Higher Education, and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities. OERC analysts restructured and analyzed these records to produce measures of workforce outcomes for individuals who complete WIOA Title 1 workforce programs, Perkins-funded career and technical training, Aspire, state-funded financial aid college degrees, or Vocational Rehabilitation programs. By reporting the results of this work in the form of a Workforce Success Measures dashboard, users can track patterns of outcomes over time.

All data used to calculate completers, employment outcomes, and credential information come from administrative data sources collected by Ohio agencies and are housed in the Ohio Longitudinal Data Archive (OLDA). The OLDA is a project of the Ohio Education Research Center ( and provides researchers with centralized access to administrative data. The OLDA is managed by The Ohio State University's Center for Human Resource Research ( in collaboration with Ohio's state workforce and education agencies (, with those agencies providing oversight and funding. For information on OLDA sponsors, see here. Analysis using OLDA data does not report groups of fewer than 10 individuals to avoid re-identification. Throughout the site we note suppression where there are fewer than 10 individuals available to calculate a particular metric.

Although variation in the services and intended service recipients of workforce development programs prevent a single cross-program definition of completer, the completer definition for each program was developed to maintain as much continuity as possible. All data in the WSM site undercounts completers because we only include individuals with associated identifiers to match with employment and credential outcomes. Although most individual data include identifiers, some proportion, depending on the program, may be excluded because we do not have the identifiers to match them with outcomes.

Below is a description of who is considered a completer from each program:

  • Workforce Investment and Opportunities Act Title I service (WIOA Title I) completers are those individuals who have exited a WIOA Title I program from which the individual received a core staff-assisted service (such as job search or placement assistance) or an intensive service (such as counseling, career planning, or job training). Those individuals who participated in WIOA Title I through self-service, like, or other less intensive programs are not included in the dashboard statistics.
    • WIOA Title I completers are reported separately for three categories of funding: adult, dislocated worker, and youth.
  • Perkins funding is provided to certain career and technical education programs. WSM dashboard provides information about two kinds of programs that receive Perkins funding: Ohio Technical Centers (OTCs) and public colleges.
    • An OTC completer is an individual who completes an OTC course at a Perkins-funded OTC site. Because there are many OTC courses available, an individual may be considered a completer in multiple years.
    • A Perkins College completer is an individual who has earned a degree or certificate as a concentrator in a Perkins-funded program at a college or university.
  • An Aspire, Ohio Adult Readiness Education (Aspire) completer is an individual who has an exit status of “completed a level and left” within Aspire. Because there are multiple levels of Aspire, an individual may be considered a completer in multiple years.
    • Outcomes are reported both for all Aspire completers, as well as for a subset of Aspire completers who earned a GED either in the quarter that they completed training, or within the four quarters following completion.
    • Note: Approximately 16,000 Aspire records were missing exit dates. For those records, outcomes are measured from the last day of the program year in which the individual was reported as completing Aspire (June 30). A sensitivity analysis of employment and wage outcomes shows that there is no meaningful difference between the aggregate outcomes of the group of Aspire completers with reported exit dates and the total group of Aspire completers including those individuals without reported exit dates.
  • State-funded scholarship and financial aid completers are those Choose Ohio First or Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG) recipients who have graduated with a two- or four-year degree within six years of first receiving scholarship money.
    • Note: The population of Choose Ohio First completers includes both public and private college students; however, we only have graduation data for public college students, and thus can only identify completers among the population of students attending public colleges or universities. Therefore, the Choose Ohio First completers are under-reported.
  • A Vocational Rehabilitation completer is an individual who has exited the program with an employment outcome or without an employment outcome after receiving services.
  • Employment and earnings outcomes are calculated using the Unemployment Insurance reporting data collected by Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODFJS) which is specific to the state of Ohio. The employment and earnings data are only available for those individuals working in Ohio, and who are not (1) self-employed, or (2) employed by the Federal government.
  • Retention is calculated using the same ODJFS Unemployment Insurance data. Main employer is defined as the employer from which an individual earns the most income in a particular calendar quarter. Retention identifies if the individual has the same main employer in the second calendar quarter after exit and the fourth calendar quarter after exit.
  • Enrollment is a measure of who is enrolled in a higher education institution after exit from each workforce program. For this dashboard the enrollment data comes from Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Higher Education Information System (HEI). Therefore, the enrollment is limited to Ohio public higher education institutions. The enrollment measure identifies whether an individual is enrolled in higher education during the calendar quarter of exit, or any of the four calendar quarters following exit.
  • Credentials is a combined measure of outcomes using credentials individuals may earn from the range of workforce programs represented in WSM. As a result, credential encompasses GED (earned from an Aspire program), industry credential or state license (earned from an OTC course), or degree or certificate earned from an institution of higher education. Because we get higher education information from HEI, these degrees and certificates are limited to those earned at Ohio public colleges and universities. The credential measure provided is whether an individual earns a WSM credential during the calendar quarter of exit, or in any of the four calendar quarters following exit.