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Computer Distribution Partnership with PCs for People


Media Contact: Mary Kelley: 216-777-8184; Kellem@ecjobs.us

David Merriman, Assistant Director of Cuyahoga County’s Department of Health and Human Services
Natoya Walker Minor, Chief, Public Affairs, City of Cleveland
John Weber, Director, Ohio Jobs and Family Services of Workforce Services
Kyle Fee, Senior Policy Analyst, The Federal Reserve Bank Cleveland
Bryan Mauk, Executive Director, PCs for People
Lisa Williams-Locklear, Principal, CMSD Willow Elementary School
Grace Kilbane, Executive Director, OhioMeansJobs| Cleveland-Cuyahoga County
Bob Durham, College NOW Greater Cleveland
Celena Roebuck, Manager, Ideastream “American Graduate Getting to Work” Initiative

What: PCs for People will donate 200 free computers with hotspots and internet access to qualified, eligible OMJCC customers who enroll in career-technical training programs with OMJCC beginning on May 8th

When: TODAY, Wednesday May 8, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.

Where: OhioMeansJobs| Cleveland-Cuyahoga County (OMJ|CC)
1910 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115

Jobs today require workers to have skills and training beyond a high-school diploma. In-Demand Jobs Week is celebrated statewide as an opportunity to let jobseekers, especially graduating seniors, know about the wide variety of in-demand jobs that pay good wages with long-term career potential. Many of these jobs make up a category called “Opportunity Occupations” which have been identified by Federal Reserve Bank researchers. These are jobs that require some education and certification after high-school but not a bachelor’s degree. They pay above the national annual median wage. The Cleveland-Elyria Ohio metro area is 7th out of 121 metro areas in the share of employment in Opportunity Occupations.

This event emphasizes the importance of jobseekers and graduating students being aware of in-demand opportunity occupations. OMJ|CC provides free services to connect interested individuals to open jobs or to job training for these jobs. PCs for People is donating 200 personal computers with free hotspot and internet access through OMJ|CC for its customers who are enrolling in training and do not otherwise have internet access. This is part of PCs for People overall plan to distribute 1,000 computers in Toledo, Youngstown and Cleveland. Willow Elementary School and OMJCC in Cleveland will receive hundreds of donated computers to distribute to their students and customers.

OMJ|CC works with students and jobseekers to explore careers, upgrade skills and enroll in high-quality career technical education through available federal funding. David Merriman, Assistant Director of Cuyahoga County’s Department of Health and Human Services, will kick-off the event today, Wednesday, May 8th at 3:00 PM.