Robert Paponetti, Executive Director
Robert E. Paponetti currently serves as the Executive Director of The Literacy Cooperative of Greater Cleveland.
In this capacity, Mr. Paponetti
works to improve the literacy
levels of the residents of Cuyahoga County
by integrating literacy into community initiatives, aligning literacy services with employer needs, and identifying best practices around standards of quality and accountability.
Other initiatives include providing professional development and training opportunities to literacy instructors, piloting kindergarten readiness services, and raising the level of awareness and implications of low literacy.
Prior to joining The Literacy Cooperative, Mr. Paponetti served as the Vice President of Cuyahoga Community College's Workforce and Economic Development Division and the Executive Director of the Workforce Solutions Division.
In his capacity, he developed, implemented and directed a wide array of workforce preparation initiatives and training programs that supported regional economic growth.
Mr. Paponetti incorporated innovative workplace literacy and contextualized learning components into the training curriculum that met the needs of the business community.
As the Director of Cuyahoga County's Department of Workforce Development, Mr. Paponetti guided workforce preparation systems and skills upgrading activities for County residents.
also managed the County's "One-Stop" which was recognized as the first certified center in Ohio to have multiple partnerships housed together to provide all needed services for job seekers and employers.
During this time, Mr. Paponetti was the Executive Director of the 35-member Cuyahoga County Workforce Investment Board that included many of the County's business, education, and civic leaders.
Mr. Paponetti also served as a Director of Workforce Development for both CGI Group, Inc. and ORION Consulting where he designed and operated workforce training programs customized to meet the needs of employers combining both technical skills and workplace success skills.
Mr. Paponetti is a member of the United Way of Greater Cleveland Executive Committee and Board of Directors, member of the United Way Community Impact/Income Committee, member of the Executive Council of the Ohio Workforce Coalition, member of the Ohio Skills Bank Healthcare Sub-Committee, member of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, member of the Commission on Adult Continuing Education, and President of the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry Homeless Services Advisory Board.
email: Robert Paponetti