Ohio To Work Initiative Expands into Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton, Toledo, and the Mahoning Valley
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and JobsOhio President and CEO J.P. Nauseef announced the expansion of the Ohio To Work initiative into Columbus, Toledo, Cincinnati, Dayton, and the Mahoning Valley.
Ohio To Work first 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 since 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.
“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," said Governor DeWine. "By expanding this innovative, partnerships-based program, we'll be able to give more Ohioans access to the tools and supports they need to find meaningful employment and support Ohio’s rapid and equitable economic resurgence."
Led by JobsOhio, Ohio’s private economic development corporation, Ohio To Work currently 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, healthcare technology, nursing assistance, and more.
Ohio To Work's partners play a critical role in addressing barriers to employment and have made equity an intentional focus and effort in all aspects of the initiative. Partners involved in the program include the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, Ohio Department of Development, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Ohio Business Roundtable, Ohio Means Jobs, and an array of Ohio employers and training providers.
VIDEO: Ohio To Work Success Story
Allison Faulkner, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
“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, 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. Before this experience, my mental health was suffering but now my overall outlook is improved.”
“The Ohio To Work partners have been an invaluable resource in helping us develop customized solutions for the roles that we need to fill,” said Adrianne Shadd, program manager of workforce development and outreach at University Hospitals Health System. “As we emerge from the pandemic, this partnership will be crucial in helping employers like us find the skilled workers we need to meet the demands of today’s job market.”