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$3.8 Million in Funding for High-Quality Youth Employment Training Services


Media contact: Miranda Pomiecko: (216) 698-2546, mpomiecko@cuyahogacounty.us

Over 1,500 Youth Served Last Year
CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County is stepping up programming for employment and training services for economically disadvantaged young adults. The County’s Board of Control approved the awarding of six contracts to provide training services and internships for youth between the ages of 14 and 24 through OhioMeansJobs|Cleveland-Cuyahoga County (OMJ|CC). The contracts total over 3.8 million dollars to provide young adults with comprehensive services such as job matching, job training and career planning services.

“We have ramped up on employment training services and internship programs to help put young adults on a path to a career. I am proud to be a part of this program that is helping and will continue to help our region’s youth escape poverty by making progress on a career pathway to sustainable employment,” said Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish.

The federal funding is awarded to the County through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. OhioMeansJobs|Cleveland-Cuyahoga County manages the delivery of employment and training services under these grants and monitors their performance based on clear outcome goals and reports the performance into the state/national system. Cuyahoga County is the fiscal agent approving the contracted services.

Seventy-five percent of the funding is targeted for out-of-school youth, especially those who are not working. Over 1,500 young people received employment and training services through this program last year. Over 900 of them were served through the Youth Resource Center located at OMJ|CC. They received career counseling and coaching, job readiness and financial literacy training, skills assessments and referrals. An additional 600 young people received more intensive, comprehensive services with over 60 percent of them achieving a positive outcome to-date of either being placed in a job or completing/continuing further education.

This year, additional federal funding will allow the County to increase its goal to serve over 2,000 young adults with comprehensive, high quality services including:
  • Obtaining and retaining paid employment at good wages; 
  • Gaining meaningful work experiences that guide young adults through a successful transition to employment and further education; 
  • Attaining portable, stackable, industry-recognized credentials for in-demand occupations; 
  • Advancing educational achievement for those young adults for whom employment is not an appropriate goal at the time they are enrolled; and 
  • Developing transferable soft skills, critical thinking, self-advocacy, and a focus on a positive future. 
The contracted providers of these intensive services include:
  • Cuyahoga Community College 
  • Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential 
  • Mayfield City School District 
  • Ohio Guidestone 
  • Towards Employment 
  • Youth Opportunities Unlimited 
Adults and young adults who want to find out about what is needed to land a good, in-demand job that does not require a college degree are welcome to get assistance at OMJ|CC. Services are free and training funds are available for those who are eligible.

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