CLEVELAND, Ohio — Nearly 30% of the workforce that staffs Cleveland’s public transportation system will be eligible to retire in the next four years.
A new partnership between Cuyahoga Community College and the RTA is looking to prepare for that loss of workers, and offer new opportunities to area workers.
Tri-C and the RTA will work together on providing clear pathways to jobs at the RTA and offering training to prepare students for transportation industry jobs. The partnership will also provide education opportunities for current RTA employees, including leadership courses.
“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 in a press release announcing the partnership. “These programs are more than an investment in our city — they’re an investment in people.”
Programming will begin in February, according to the press release.
Tri-C will use its existing education and reskilling programs to help create these pathways for RTA jobs. For example, the community college offers a “Women in Transition” program, which provides non-credited education opportunities and support for women who want to begin a career path or switch careers.
The RTA and Tri-C launched the Temporary Commercial Driver’s License Training Program in 2019 to address a shortage of bus drivers. The four-day course prepares students to earn a temporary operation permit.