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Ohio to Work initiative expands into Mahoning Valley

“The Ohio to Work initiative helps employers access a skilled and highly trained workforce while providing job seekers access to well-paying, long-lasting careers," Gov. Mike DeWine said.
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COLUMBUS — The Ohio to Work initiative has expanded into the Mahoning Valley and four cities in the state, Gov. Mike DeWine, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted and J.P. Nauseef, president and CEO of JobsOhio, announced Wednesday.

Ohio to Work launched in Cleveland in September 2020 as a pilot initiative to provide those seeking employment with career opportunities that increase income and improve quality of life. The program has reached several thousand job seekers across the state, providing pathways to in-demand jobs through personalized career coaching, accelerated training options, local employer connections, career tools and more, a news release states.

“The Ohio to Work initiative helps employers access a skilled and highly trained workforce while providing job seekers access to well-paying, long-lasting careers," DeWine said in the release. "By expanding this innovative, partnerships-based program, we'll be able to give more Ohioans access to the tools and support they need to find meaningful employment and support Ohio’s rapid and equitable economic resurgence."

In addition to the Valley, the initiative expanded into Columbus, Toledo, Cincinnati and Dayton.

Led by JobsOhio, Ohio to Work has more than 70 employers who are committed to hiring job seekers. Nearly a dozen training providers also support the initiative by providing individuals with workforce-aligned training solutions in a wide range of areas, including computer numerical control machining, software coding, health care technology, nursing assistance and more. 

For a current list of partners in the Valley and career resources, click here.

Employers looking to reach out to workers can learn more here.

“I had been applying for jobs all over the place, and my career coach helped me find my current role in less than two months,” said Allison Faulkner, a participant in the Ohio to Work initiative launched in Cleveland and current employee at University Hospitals Health System. “Thanks to the initiative, I am now a patient access representative at the University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. This is a full-time position with great benefits and vacation time, and there’s a clear path to becoming a team lead.”

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