News & Updates

Ohio to Get 10th Insurance Degree Program in Fall 2017

March 22nd, 2017

In 2012, when 13 leading Ohio insurance companies came together to form the Insurance Industry Resource Council (IIRC), not a single insurance program existed at an Ohio college or university.

By the end of 2016, a collaboration of partners was formed to address a looming shortfall of candidates for insurance jobs – an estimated 29,000 by 2024. This partnership resulted in nine new college programs, created specifically to feed the talent pipeline.

Now, Ohio is getting a 10th. In January, the University of Akron announced it will offer a new ....

Insurance Talent Movement Ready to Spread the Word

February 7th, 2017

A group of young insurance professionals has committed to changing the conversation about insurance as a way to bring more people into industry jobs.

Calling themselves the "Insurance Talent Movement,” about 20 professionals from nine companies throughout Ohio are working together to “change perceptions, raise awareness and fill the pipeline.”

The group was formed from the membership of the Ohio Insurance Institute in late 2016 to support the organization’s workforce development goals and to collaborate with the Insurance ....

New Workforce Study Sets Tone for IIRC

December 5th, 2016

A new study that shows an increasing number of projected insurance job vacancies by 2024 will set the stage for the industry's collaborative efforts to fill them.

Partners in the Insurance Industry Resource Council's (IIRC) Insuring Ohio Futures initiative recently heard firsthand new numbers that project a 29,000 shortfall in the number of professionals needed to fill insurance positions Ohio-wide. The IIRC commissioned economic research firm Regionomics to conduct the study, a follow-up to a similar one in 2013.

Regionomics' 2013 report ....

Ohio's Education Institutions Offer Paths Into Insurance

October 17th, 2016

With Fall semester in full swing, students and the insurance industry had a great opportunity to engage last week at Gamma Iota Sigma's annual conference in Columbus. For industry organizations and conference sponsors, including Insurance Industry Resource Council (IIRC) members Nationwide, Westfield Insurance and Liberty Mutual, the conference was a talent catalyst and offered meaningful connections to the next generation of insurance leaders.

For the 570+ student attendees, the conference provided an inspiring and robust experience that included exposure to ....

20 Graduates Ready for Great Careers in Insurance

July 8th, 2016

Graduates of the Columbus State Community College insurance certificate program are one step closer to good jobs in the insurance industry.

On June 20, about 70 students, administrators, faculty and family members celebrated the participants’ graduation from Columbus State’s Certificate of Foundations in Insurance pilot program. The event marked a turning point for the tradtitional students, career changers and veterans who completed the program.

“I had spent over 20 years being a stay-at-home mom, and I wanted a job,” said graduate June Tucker ....

Ohio Insurance and Higher Education to Address Talent Gap

March 25th, 2016

In 2012 there was not a single Ohio college graduate who received a degree in insurance. It was a troubling fact for an industry, which is considered an economic pillar for the state of Ohio. Insurance employs over 100,000 Ohioans and contributes billions to the state’s gross domestic product. The industry worked around this challenge by recruiting insurance talent from colleges in other states and by hiring students from related disciplines in Ohio.

Today, nine Ohio colleges and universities offer insurance and risk management programs ranging from four-year bachelor degrees to two-year associate degrees and short-term certification programs. The pipeline of talent has ....