December 2015 Central Ohio Works Newsletter

More than the minimum

A message from the President & CEO Suzanne Coleman-Tolbert

In our assessment of what works and what doesn’t for employers in central Ohio, we have found a common element of success. Simply put: when companies invest in their employees, those employees work harder and stay longer. Reflecting on 2015, one of the many positive changes in workforce development includes companies being proactive in increasing minimum wages for their lowest paid employees.

Nationally there’s been much debate about raising the minimum wage for entry level positions to help employees not only survive, but thrive. Recently we have seen cities and states from Los Angeles to the state of New York, make their own moves to raise minimum pay rates.

So, what about Franklin County? Find out here.

Youth department prepares for 2016

The revamped Youth Employment and Engagement team, which launched in July, has made much progress in the first part of the fiscal year. As the team wraps up the final pieces of the S.O.A.Rhire! Summer Youth Initiative, the focus has turned to creating a robust program to help youth and young adults throughout the year.

Currently, service providers funded by COWIC, including IMPACT Community Action, Goodwill and Henkels & McCoy are running 10-week boot camps with 16- to 24-year olds. The young adults involved in these programs are learning business etiquette, financial literacy, how to develop resumes, and how to interview to get hired. They are also being connected to employers or being encouraged to continue their education.

In 2016, the Youth Employment and Engagement department will continue to forge partnerships with local education and trade organizations, while focusing on helping young people enter in-demand industries including IT, healthcare, and hospitality/culinary arts.

COWIC donates $19,000 to Columbus Pets for Vets

Pets For Vets

On Veterans Day, COWIC/OhioMeansJobs Columbus-Franklin County donation of $19,125 to Columbus Pets for Vets to provide companion animals to veterans with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), depression, or recovering from physical injury. Read more here.
Veterans Employment Network Infographic


Primary One offers ACA counseling in Job Center

If you missed the December 17 deadline to sign up for ACA health insurance, you can still get coverage that starts in 2016. Learn how.

Workforce Snapshots

Health _ Wellness Fair
2015 Health & Wellness Fair
COWIC employees took part in an onsite Health and Wellness Fair where vendors, fitness instructors and healthcare professionals brought information and fun to our location.
Who_s Who in Black Columbus
COWIC staff featured in Who’s Who in Black Columbus
Several COWIC employees are featured in the 13th Who’s Who in Black Columbus book, unveiled during a reception at The Ohio State University in October.