Central Ohio Works!
The latest news from the Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation
August 2013
Columbus- Franklin County
Training for the future
COWIC Business Solutions Project Manager Jana Davis, Sherwin-Williams Instructor Bill Allman, Shannon Hardin of the Mayor's Office, and COWIC Career Consultant Wato Yattani (left to right) with Sherwin-Williams graduate Daniel Morrow (center). 
16 Graduate from the Sherwin-Williams Homework Program


Central Ohio has 16 more certified painters ready to work in homes or commercial projects in Franklin County. The men and women graduated from the Sherwin-Williams Homework Painter Training Program on July 12th. Not only do they now have excellent painting skills, but each obtained their certification for lead paint removal from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The week-long work experience program is paid and includes work readiness training, resume development, and interview skills training, as well as instruction on how to start a business. Sherwin-Williams Instructor, Bill Allman, also gave the participants on-the-job training as they painted the Franklin Park Conservatory Adventure Center.  Now that they have graduated, COWIC/OhioMeansJobs Columbus-Franklin County is working with each graduate to help them secure permanent employment. 
The graduates say this program has increased their chances of success. "I have been painting for a while," said one graduate. "Now, I can say I am certified. The EPA, RRP certification makes me more valuable and marketable. I'm excited to see what's next."
The Sherwin-Williams Homework Painter Training Program takes place in several cities across the country. This class brings the total number of Sherwin-Williams graduates to 151 here in central Ohio since the program was brought to Columbus by Mayor Michael B. Coleman in 2010.  See more photos of the class at work.
Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman and the 2013 Restoration Academy class.

Restored Citizens Prepare for Jobs

As graduation approaches, the members of the second Restoration Academy class are preparing to take their new skills to a new, permanent job. They may meet their new employer at the 2nd Annual Restored Citizen Job Expo.


The City of Columbus, OWIC, OhioMeansJobs--Columbus- Franklin County, Alvis House, the Columbus Urban League, and IMPACT Community Action are partnering with local employers for the 2nd Annual Restored Citizen Job Expo, Wednesday, August 14th, from 1:00p.m. to 4 p.m in the COWIC/OMJ Columbus-Franklin County offices at the Jerry Hammond Center, 1111 E. Broad Street. The expo will feature employers who are aware that attending job seekers have background issues but still open to interviewing and hiring the applicants.


The City of Columbus' Restoration Academy is a six month paid work experience program created to address the fact that having a criminal background is one of the toughest barriers to employment. Participants go through work readiness training, receive wrap around services, and have the option of completing specialized training programs which will result in industry recognized certifications that can be used to heighten qualifications and hiring prospects. The ultimate goal is to help graduates secure permanent employment. The program is provided through the City of Columbus and in partnership with several community based organizations and employers.


Donatos Owner and S.O.A.R.hire! Champion Jane Abell, Columbus City Councilmember Priscilla Tyson. Donatos President & CEO Tom Krouse, Franklin County Commissioner John O'Grady. COWIC President & CEO Suzanne Coleman-Tolbert, and former S.O.A.R.hire! Summer Intern AKil Cavin at the 2013 S.O.A.R.hire! Launch.
More than 1,200 earn and learn in S.O.A.R.hire! Summer Jobs Program
More than 1,200 youth and young adults had the opportunity to learn and earn through the 2013 S.O.A.R.hire! Summer Jobs Program. This year's program was supported by Franklin County, the City of Columbus, Donatos, the local private employer community, and seven community based organizations: St. Stephen's Community House, Communities in Schools, Columbus City Schools, Henkels & McCoy, ETSS, Wright Choice, and T.O.U.C.H.
COWIC President & CEO Suzanne Coleman Tolbert was excited to attend the graduation for the Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services (ETSS) summer program which graduated more than 90 youth from its Community Service Learning Project. "By participating in S.O.A.R.hire!, these young people have put themselves miles ahead of some of their peers," said COWIC President and CEO Suzanne Coleman-Tolbert. "Not only have they earned money, but they have also gained a better understanding of what it will mean to contribute to our community in a productive and promising way."
This summer, Donatos was the S.O.A.R.hire! Summer Employer Champion, hosting the launch event and also hiring more than 180 youth and young adults! Other youth ages 14-24  learned how to write and present a Request for Proposal, the importance of community service, and received real-world work experience with local employers. Employers were impressed with the youth who completed the Get Ready 2 S.O.A.R.! work readiness training which included instruction on leadership skills, corporate culture, appropriate dress, resume development and interview skills.
This year's summer program was supported by $1.7 million in TANF funding from Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services and $440,000 from the City of Columbus. This year's sponsors-- Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease LLC, McGohan Brabender, Nationwide Insurance-Sylvia Garrett Agency LLC, Columbia Gas of Ohio, Telperformance, and Piada also supported the effort! Without these organizations, the S.O.A.R.hire! Summer Program would not have been able to reach the youth and young adults it did.  
Between FCDJFS' companion summer program, Youthworks, and S.O.A.R.hire!, nearly 2,000 youth  providing  more internships for youth and young adults ages 14-24. COWIC/ OMJ-- Columbus-Franklin County congratulates the 2013 S.O.A.R.hire! Summer graduates and look forward to next year.
ETSS Graduation.

Councilmember Michelle Mills with OSU Summer Program director Tei Street

 and summer program graduates.

S.O.A.R.hire! Intern Deserae Brooks.
Success Spotlight
When Mayor Michael B. Coleman, City Councilmember Zach Klein,  and Alta Bicycle Share, Inc.'s Jeff Olson announced Columbus' new bike share program, intern Deserae Brooks was also in attendance. Deserae was a S.O.A.R.hire! Summer intern with Alta Bicycle Share which helped to develop the new CoGo Bike Share System in Columbus.
Mayor Coleman and Councilmember Klein announce CoGo Bike Share.
City officials tout the service as a low-cost, convenient way to get around the city without having to worry about parking. For Deserae, the project was a great way to learn about business development and earn money this summer. She was hired after attending a S.O.A.R.hire! Job Match event. Deserae said that she "loves working with the company and has had an amazing experience so far, especially working on the bike launch initiative." Congrats to Deserae and a big thumbs up goes out to Alta Bicycle Share for hiring in this year's S.O.A.R.hire! Summer Jobs Program ! Learn more about CoGo Bike Share here. 
Employer Focus: Schenker Logistics, ITC, & Campus Park come to COWIC/OMJ Columbus-Franklin County to hire

Thursday, August 1st, COWIC/OMJ Columbus-Franklin County held a Casting Call for Schenker Logistics, ITC & Campus Park.  The companies are looking for candidates with manufacturing background and experience. More than 60 people came out to meet with the employers, and several made it through to the second round of the hiring process. We congratulate our customers on their soon-to-be new jobs! If your company wants to plan a hiring event at COWIC/OMJ -- Columbus-Franklin County, please contact Jo Youngs at jayoungs@cowic.org.  Are you a job seeker who wants to know about future hiring events? Join our mailing list at the bottom of this newsletter.

Farewell to some of our biggest supporters:
Longtime COWIC Board Members and Staff Move On


It is with great appreciation that we say bid farewell to some of our biggest supporters. After nearly 10 years on the COWIC Board, former board Vice President, Janet Jackson, is moving on. As CEO of the United Way of Central Ohio, Jackson has been a strong contributor in the fight against poverty and the creation of strong central Ohio families that can support themselves and our community. Jackson will always be part of the COWIC family and will continue to contribute her talents to workforce development through her many other community projects and responsibilities.


Also leaving the board is longtime COWIC Board member, Lynn Elliott. Elliott was appointed to the COWIC Board by the City of Columbus in 2004. As President of the Columbus Window Cleaning Company, Elliott has contributed to the workforce development system in central Ohio by helping COWIC to create programs and services aimed at helping local businesses grow.


COWIC also bids farewell to COTA's Carol Perkins, a Board member since 2010. Perkins will continue to support one of COWIC's primary goals of an educated workforce in her role as President of the Columbus Board of Education. We thank Jackson, Elliott, and Perkins for their service and the contributions they have made to developing a strong workforce in central Ohio. We wish them well in their future endeavors!


COWIC's  Former Director of Compliance and Legislative Liaison, Roy Landreth is moving on to the rest and relaxation of retirement. Roy and his wife, Nancy Garland, have moved on to the next stage of life in sunny North Carolina. Roy was instrumental in laying the groundwork for COWIC's compliance department and shaping the local conversation among legislators on the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act and other important policies. The COWIC staff and Board of Directors wish him and Nancy well!




Outgoing COWIC Board Members Janet Jackson, Lynn Elliott, and Carol Perkins with COWIC Board Chair Archie Williamson and President and CEO Suzanne Coleman-Tolbert. Retiree Roy Landreth. (Pictured left to right)
New Laws Affecting Workforce Development in Ohio
Two new Ohio bills recently signed by Ohio Governor John Kasich will have a direct impact on the unemployed and the One-Stop system throughout Ohio.  House Bill 1 requires all One-Stops to use "OhioMeansJobs" as the name of their career centers and also requires the centers to use www.ohiomeansjobs.com as the primary search engine and system for job search activities.  House Bill 2 requires those receiving unemployment compensation to use  the OhioMeansJobs centers and website as a condition for receiving benefits. Those receiving unemployment compensation must post a resume on ohiomeansjobs.com and will receive relevant job matches on a weekly basis.
What's coming up?
Jobs Mobile, Job Expos, and
Other Events
August 21, 2013:
Franklin County Empowerment Day Resource & Job Fair.
The Franklin County Child Support Enforcement Agency, Franklin County Veterans Commission, Franklin County Veterans Memorial, and COWIC invite you to join us for the 2013 Empowerment Day Resource & job Fair, Wednesday, August 21st, from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Franklin County Veterans Memorial, 300 West Broad Street. Empowerment Day  focuses on the employment and educational  opportunities, resources, and family services available to everyone in our community. The goal is to promote family financial stability. More than 40 employers and agencies are scheduled to attend! If your company would like to participate, please contact Jo Youngs at jayoungs@cowic.org or 614-583-1333.
August 22,2013 :
Workforce Initiative in the Southern Gateway.
COWIC/OhioMeansJobs -- Columbus-Franklin County is taking employment services to the people of the south side of Columbus. Under a city initiative focused on the neighborhoods and residents in the Southern Gateway, COWIC staff will partner with south side organizations like Community Development for All People to help residents train for and secure permanent employment. Starting August 9, COWIC staff will meet with residents to identify their skills and help them to develop a work plan. August 14 and 15 & August 19 and 20, south side residents will have the opportunity to participate in work readiness workshops to work on their resumes, interview skills, and other basic skills.  On August, 22nd, COWIC/ OMJ Columbus- Franklin County will host a Casting Call hiring event featuring south side employers. Job seekers will have a chance to meet directly with employers and show their new skills. All activities will be held at Community Development for All People, 946 Parsons Ave. For more information or to get involved, please contact Greg Winbush at gwinbush@cowic.org.
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