April 2016 Central Ohio Works Newsletter

S.O.A.R.hire! Summer Employment Initiative 2016SOAR Academy Expo 2 (22)

As the lazy days of summer approach, we are working to help central Ohio’s young adults find summer jobs and internships! While the application for 14-17 year-olds closed Friday, April 22nd, the S.O.A.R.hire! Summer Employment Initiative application is open until April 29th for young adults aged 18-24. S.O.A.R.hire! Summer is collaboration between Franklin County, the City of Columbus, COWIC/OhioMeansJobs, the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio, community organizations and businesses throughout Columbus and Franklin County. The program places young workers in eight-week paid summer work experiences with private-sector businesses, nonprofits and city and county government agencies. All S.O.A.R.hire! participants complete work readiness and financial literacy training. Work experiences take place from June to August. Space is limited! Final selection of interns will be based on the completion of the online application AND submission of all required documents. Applicants who have submitted BOTH will be considered first. Are you 18-24 and ready to S.O.A.R.hire!? Click here to apply.

Job Center employees examine employment barriers for people with disabilities

Employees and clients from Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) spoke candidly with OhioMeansJobs/ Columbus-Franklin County Job Center staff about their experiences searching for and keeping employment as people with physical and mental disabilities.
“You’re not going to be able to work with your body, so you will have to work with your mind,” says Rob Schaller, a vocational rehabilitation supervisor at OOD, who explained how living with a disability made him more clever and thoughtful with simple tasks, including opening doors. “This world just isn’t built for me. But I want to do things for myself.”

OMJ-CFC Donation Helps Veterans Cope

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Columbus Pets for Vets tell us they are already putting the $19,000 donation they received from     OhioMeansJobs Columbus-Franklin County this past Veterans Day to good use. The veterans support organization relies on donations to help local veterans who are recovering from physical injury or suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), or depression. Having a companion animal has been shown to provide effective therapy as the veterans cope with their injury or illness and make the transition back into civilian life, which in many cases, includes a job search.

Columbus Pets for Vets Director Susan Schubert tells us that the organization covers the cost of training, dog food, veterinary care, licensing and all dog supplies for every pet-vet match. So far the OMJ-CFC donation has paid for two successful matches like Curt and Duke pictured here. Five more matches are in progress, and several more should follow. For more information about Columbus Pets for Vets, check out the organization’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/petsforvetscolumbus/.

Essential Skills Workshop Series: Meet our facilitatorsComputer Literacy Class (47)

COWIC brought together some of central Ohio’s top business professionals to help job seekers land new employment and thrive in their careers. Our Essential Skills Workshop series helps job seekers build basic computer skills, develop attention-getting resumes, and improve interviewing skills. We also have workshops on team building, money management, and self employment. Employers tell us that “soft skills” are key when they are looking for new employees.

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Check out our monthly calendar for the Veterans Employment network schedule, hiring events, and workshops! 

2016 Franklin County Green Corps Graduation

Help us congratulate the 2016 Franklin County Green Corps graduates! The Franklin County Green Corps provides horticulture and job skills training to young adults ages 18-30. This program, established in 2011, is a partnership with Franklin County, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and the Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation (COWIC). Please contact program manager Mark Miller with any questions, at 614.715.8030  or [email protected]

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2016 Graduates: Sarah Bidwell, Eric Gates, Lauren Hirtle, Grant Hohenstein, Todd Jefferson, Ryan McCaleb, Brandon Morgan, Keneije Smalls, Tim Wallace, Allen Watkins, Diona Woods