Individual Training Accounts

The Individual Training Account (ITA) is a voucher given to approved job seekers who are unemployed or underemployed and in need of short-term occupational skills training to become employed at self-sufficient wage. ITAs help jobseekers obtain occupational skills training leading to an industry-recognized certification, employer recognized skill certification, or a specific skill attainment. Candidates must meet certain eligibility requirements and be a resident of Franklin County.

IT Opportunities

COWIC is a recipient of the new Sector Partnerships National Emergency Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The goal is to assist 40 dislocated workers over the next two years in the IT field in getting additional training and certification, and re-entering the job force. For more information, contact Andrew Oocumma at [email protected].

On-the-Job Training

On-the-Job training (OJT) helps match suitable workers that are in need of training with in‐demand positions to develop the skills necessary to become a valuable asset as a full‐time employee. Employers can receive financial incentives for hiring job seekers who are eligible for OJT. Not all jobs and companies companies qualify to participate in OJT, and every company has to complete paperwork to be eligible.

Restoration Academy 

Restoration Academy is a rigorous six month work experience program in partnership with the City of Columbus and several community-based organizations. The goal of the academy is to give restored citizens in Franklin County an opportunity to receive specialized skills training, supportive services and work experience through a paid internship—all in order to secure permanent employment after successfully completing the program. Restoration Academy has two cycles each year, starting in the spring and summer, and there are a limited number of slots for each class. For more information contact Jose Feliciano [email protected].

 Veterans Employment Network

The Veterans Employment Network is a weekly networking group for all Franklin County Veterans. Veterans will receive help translating resumes into language employers understand, improving interviewing skills, and an opportunity to talk about the challenges of finding employment and solutions that are available free of charge.

At each networking meeting, there will be an employer conducting face-to-face interviews to fill current open positions. Veterans are encouraged to bring copies of their resume and come dressed in interview attire.