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NEW Workforce Opportunity Resource Center Unveiled for Residents Looking to Obtain Employment


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Donisha Greene: (216) 443-7075 or dgreene@cuyahogacounty.us

CLEVELAND – Today, County Executive Armond Budish joined Cuyahoga Job and Family Services (CJFS) and partners for the official opening of the new Workforce Opportunity Resource Center (WORC).

The new WORC will offer free education services, occupational training, and supportive services such as financial literacy and career counseling for residents that struggle with unemployment and underemployment. The new space collaboratively joins partners so that clients can receive critical services in one convenient area.

“Cuyahoga County is committed to helping people get the training they need to get a job that leads to a career”, said County Executive Armond Budish. “We’ve re-purposed space in the Virgil E. Brown building so that when a person comes in for benefits, we’ll connect them to job training programs, right there. As part of our no wrong-door approach, we believe that a client should not have to travel all over the county looking for help. Our goal is to improve connectivity among programs and services which will ultimately help people get to work and off public benefits.”

Demonstrating the power of collaboration and support for clients, the resource center features a workforce alliance with partners Catholic Charities of Cleveland, Cleveland Public Library, TechCentral MakerSpace, Ohio Means Jobs, and Dress for Success which will provide integrated case management, increased accessibility to services, and focused training and classes so that job seekers become career seekers.

"We are excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with the County in the shared goal of educating our residents and supporting them in their search for careers and career development", said Director of Cleveland Public Library, Felton Thomas. "This is a fantastic partnership that enables Cleveland Public Library to advance its mission as the center of learning for our community. Our digital literacy curriculum that is always available in TechCentral at the Main Library will now be offered at the county Workforce Opportunity Resource Center with experienced and knowledgeable staff to conduct the courses."

The one-stop center which expects to serve approximately 1,400 every year will feature an eye-catching “stairway” mural designed, painted and installed by Cleveland School of the Arts high school students.


WORC Partners

Cleveland Public Library
Computer Literacy Curriculum
The WORC and Lab includes laptops equipped with Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2010, WinWay Resume Creator, and Rapid Typing Tutor for client use. As part of the digital literacy curriculum, CPL will conduct classes for clients to advance their capacity in software acumen

TechCentral MakerSpace
The TechCentral MakerSpace is a creative and collaborative design and fabrication space that allows individuals to turn their ideas into reality. It is a cutting-edge industry standard technology and fabrication, equipment, and software, allowing individuals to learn skills 3D Printing and Scanning, Vinyl and Laser Fabrication, as well as Music, Audio, and Video production. CPL @ WORC will include this technology for clients. The MakerSpace is available to all Cleveland Public Library and CLEVNET member library card holders. To access the TechCentral MakerSpace, individuals will need a library card in good standing, and a Photo ID.

Ohio Means Jobs
The state of Ohio has mandated a partnership with CJFS and Workforce to provide services for youth ages 16 to 24 through an integrated intervention program that combines the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) youth program through the Comprehensive Case Management Employment Program (CCMEP). OMJ/CC workforce system offers multiply job seeker programs and services (at no cost) to low income youth and young adults. OMJ/CC programs and services include education and occupational training, job match and job search assistance and employment-related youth programs.

Catholic Charities of Cleveland
Catholic Charities is the contracted provider that will provide comprehensive and intensive case management services for CCMEP. Catholic Charities staff will assess the individual’s barriers to employment and develop an “Individual Opportunity Plan” to address and remove those barriers. Barriers may include long-term physical disabilities, drug or alcohol problems, mental health issues, or severe learning disabilities. Individuals will work one-on-one with a licensed case manager to identify and remove the barriers to employment or if appropriate, assist participant in securing Social Security benefits, if they are determined to be unemployable.

Dress for Success Cleveland
The program works to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Dress for Success Cleveland will work with the women referred to them by the WORC Café and make cross-referrals as well. Also “Attire Drives” will be held in the WORC Café Partner Space as well as leadership workshops for program participants.