Fall 2015 Central Ohio Works Newsletter

More Partners, Better Service

A message from the President & CEO Suzanne Coleman-Tolbert
Welcome to our more interactive, electronic newsletter! Every quarter, we will bring you the latest workforce development, training, and COWIC/OhioMeansJobs news. We have a lot of new things happening in the Job Center and we encourage you to share this information so that all of central Ohio’s job seekers and employers will have access to these important employment services and programs that support our economy. As we continue to implement the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), our customers can look forward to a more unified delivery of services. Not only will there be more partners and resources located in the job center, but we are strengthening our relationships with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) and other partners to make sure that all central Ohio job seekers can find what they need with just one stop at the OMJ Center.

We encourage you to read about the great programs and collaborations that are helping central Ohio’s job seekers find self-sustaining employment and employers find the skilled talent they need. We hope you will take advantage of these services or decide to join us in our effort to connect businesses and job seekers to support economic development in central Ohio!

Rickenbacker Job Expo & GREAT Shuttle Service


The GREAT service will help connect employees traveling to the Rickenbacker area on COTA Line 81 to various businesses located throughout the industrial park. Click here to read more.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month


COWIC/ OhioMeansJobs-Columbus Franklin County is a proud participant of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “My disability is one part of who I am.” Read More

New hours in the Job Center: Take your time Tuesdays!










Did you know that we are open late on Tuesdays? Well, it’s true! Every Tuesday, the OhioMeansJobs Center for Columbus and Franklin County will have extended hours, staying open until 7pm. The extended hours are a perfect opportunity for job seekers who are already working to come in after they get off. Eventually, we hope to offer later hours for some of our work readiness training as well. So remember, on Tuesdays, you can take your time or stop by after work. It’s just one more way that we are trying to make your job search easier!

Check out our monthly calendar for other hiring events, workshops and news!

New Appointments for COWIC/OMJ-CFC
We are excited to announce that after two years of leading the S.O.A.R.hire! Summer Academy portion of our summer youth employment program, Gayle Troy has officially joined COWIC as Administrator of Youth Employment & Engagement. As leader of the youth team, Gayle will oversee the execution of the WIOA-supported youth programming. Gayle brings extensive experience in developing and delivering youth programming, and we are thrilled to see how she and her team will advance our youth workforce services.

Keith Williams is also joining the team as a Youth Services Liaisons. Keith has worked with Columbus City Schools and other community organizations to develop youth-focused programming throughout central Ohio. He is excited to bring his skills and talents to youth workforce services for COWIC and OMJ-CFC.

Last, but certainly not least, we welcome Paul Williams to the COWIC family. Paul joined us earlier this year as an intern through the Restoration Academy Program. He recently graduated the program and was hired permanently as a member of the Workforce Innovations team! We congratulate all of our new staff! Welcome to the COWIC family!

Green Corps is looking for jobseekers with green thumbs


The Franklin County Green Corps program will prepare you for a successful career in the green industry, such as growing food, landscaping and greenhouse production. Read More