News & Updates

New Competition Brings Real-World Education to Ohio’s Insurance Students

September 27th, 2017


COLUMBUS, OH – September 25, 2017 – The personal tragedies unleashed by hurricanes Harvey and Irma also illustrate the role the insurance industry has in rebuilding lives. And they underscore the need for a skilled workforce dedicated to helping people during their most vulnerable moments.

One example of how insurers are building that talent pipeline will occur Sept. 30 when teams of Ohio ....

A Commitment Renewed

August 23rd, 2017


Gov. John Kasich recently reconvened Ohio's property and casualty insurance CEOs to recognize their leadership over the past six years in fostering a talent pipeline for careers in insurance - and to challenge them to do more.

The governor noted that the Insurance Industry Resource Council (IIRC) has forged a unique partnership of industry, education and government leaders that has led to the establishment of insurance degree and certificate ....

Middle Schoolers Explore Insurance Careers

June 29th, 2017

As Ohio insurers work to backfill an expected 29,000 insurance openings by 2024, some are expanding their potential talent pool by starting with middle school students.

Ohio Mutual Insurance Group, headquartered in Bucyrus, recently welcomed eighth-graders from around Crawford County as part of a daylong career program called Workforce Awareness for Graduates and Educators (WAGE). Sponsored by Crawford: 20/20 Vision's Business Success & Job Availability Action Team, the program exposes students and teachers to local businesses with the goal of helping them ....

Business-Educator Partnership in Action: IIRC Day at Nationwide

May 15th, 2017

A recent career day at Nationwide Insurance is a prime example of how the Insurance Industry Resource Council (IIRC) is connecting companies with talent.

On April 28, seven students from Ohio Northern University, Ohio Dominican University, the University of Cincinnati and Columbus State Community College had an opportunity to interview for open jobs at Nationwide and hear about the diverse opportunities within the industry.

Every year the IIRC asks Ohio colleges and universities offering insurance programs to provide names of pending graduates who are ....


April 7th, 2017

Life and success are filled with transitions. As Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor moves on with her gubernatorial campaign, and Jillian Froment steps in as the new Director of the Department of Insurance, it is a good time to thank them both for their dedication and support of the IIRC and its mission. We appreciate their efforts to fill the talent pipeline to ensure the continued growth of the insurance industry and its crucial contributions to Ohio’s economy. It is also a good time to step back and view what we have built. 

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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 ....