The Connector
November - December 2018
Pictured above: Mike Longo (Middle), receiving award from Tony Garife (R), Regional Manager ACT Work Ready Communities and Kristie Fisher (L), Senior Director, ACT National Associates and
Market Engagement at the 2018 ACT Workforce Summit.
Lorain County is #2 in State to be ACT Work Ready Certified!
As reported in the last edition of “The Connector”, Lorain County has become the 2 nd ACT Certified Work Ready Community (WRC) in Ohio. Work Ready Communities empowers states, regions and counties with data, processes and tools that drive economic growth. Participants are leveraging the ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) to measure and close the skills gap and build common frameworks that link, align and match their workforce development efforts.
In order to become Certified, our County needed to meet goals that were established by ACT that included having over 3,100 individuals involved in three categories of the workforce; current (employed), transitioning (unemployed) and emerging (high school seniors and college students) to earn the NCRC. The goals also included getting approximately 150 employers who do business in our community to support the initiative.

Now that we have successfully become a certified WRC, our next goal is to maintain our status which must be accomplished over the next two years. This comes with new goals that include; continuing to help an additional 1,300 individuals in the three workforce categories earn the NCRC and to reaffirm or get an additional 150 employers to support the initiative. A third goal that is included in the maintaining criteria is to help approximately 150 of the individuals who have earned the NCRC to improve the level of certificate they obtained, based on the scores of the WorkKeys assessments individuals achieve. TC
2018 Manufacturing Month

In October, OhioMeansJobs Lorain County in partnership with the other members of the Lorain County Growth Partnership (LCGP) that include; the Lorain County Board of Commissioners, Lorain County Community Development, Lorain County Chamber of Commerce, Lorain County Community College, and the Lorain County JVS, organized another successful Manufacturing Month. This was the 4 th Annual Manufacturing Month coordinated by the LCGP, with the goal being to help create awareness of manufacturing in Lorain County and to highlight career pathways in the industry to local students.

The month of activities began with a Kick-Off event that was held on October 5, 2018 and was hosted by Riddell in North Ridgeville with approximately 100 individuals in attendance. (continued)

OMJLC Youth Gains Valuable Work Experience
at Lorain County Urban League
Britney Daugherty applied for the CCMEP program at OhioMeansJobs Lorain County in late spring of 2018. She was very enthusiastic and anxious to begin a summer job. She was placed in a CCMEP paid summer Work Experience position at the Lorain County Urban League as a receptionist. Britney did very well at the Urban League as a receptionist and learned a lot about the agency. She was especially interested in helping with the Urban League outreach programs such as Stuff the Bus and the Food Pantry where she helped distribute locally grown fruits and vegetables. Britney was able to practice strong communication and multitasking skills, as well as improve her organizational skills.

In spite of the many challenges she has had to navigate as a young person, Britney is currently a senior
Britney Daughty is pictured above working at the receptionist desk at the Lorain County Urban League.
at Elyria High School and on track to graduate in the spring of 2019. She hopes to pursue a degree in Social Work following graduation from EHS. Britney has taken on a part-time job since leaving her summer job at the Urban League. OMJLC wishes Britney much success with her future aspirations! TC
Thank You Scrubs by Lisa!
Lisa Murray is the owner of Scrubs by Lisa in Elyria, OH. She recently made the hard decision to retire from this business to focus on other aspects of her career, and found herself with a large amount of nursing supplies that needed to be donated. Lisa immediately thought of OhioMeansJobs Lorain County and the many youth and adults we assist with entering the healthcare field. In total, Lisa donated more than 200 scrub tops/bottoms and dozens of specialized nursing shoes. OhioMeansJobs Lorain County would like to extend its thanks to Lisa Murray for this generous donation and wish her the best with her future career aspirations. TC
A message from Ohio Job & Family Services

 A resolution from the office of the governor acknowledging Ohio’s military veterans for their selfless service to our country has been presented in November by each Ohio governor for the past 19 years. By this, we are reminded of the special skills veterans have to offer. The training received during their service makes them valuable, loyal employees and an irreplaceable part of Ohio's workforce.
As a part of this statewide initiative, OhioMeansJobs Centers participated in special veteran only job fairs and other employment events promoting the value of hiring veterans in addition to the ongoing activities provided by the centers. By hiring qualified veterans, Ohio employers make 'Hire A Veteran Month' a success for the men and women who honorably served in the U.S. military.
We would like to thank you for your support of this year’s “Hire A Veteran Month” and encourage you to continue to sponsor employment-related activities for veterans year round.
Please take the time to watch this short “Hire-A-Veteran Month Challenge Thank You” video featuring OWD’s Workforce Administrator, Ryan Thompson. Click to Watch Video
ACT National Career Readiness Certificates Update
The above chart reflects the ACT National Career Readiness Certificates (NCRC) earned by OhioMeansJobs Lorain County job seekers since May 2016
The NCRC complements such traditional credentials as high school diplomas, community college degrees, and certificates of technical proficiency. Academic credentials mark the fulfillment of an individual’s classroom learning experiences. The NCRC relies on standardized assessments and confirms an individual’s competence in a specific set of workplace skills including Math, Graphics Literacy, and Workplace Documents.
OMJLC Workshops
Winning Resumes & Cover Letters! Discover what it takes to write your own winning resume! Get the employers attention, Get the interview, Get the job! Must RSVP! 
Dec. 4, Jan. 8 5:00-7:00 PM 

“You’re Hired!” Increase your chances of hearing these two words after your next interview. Gain the confidence and presentation skills that will impress any interviewer. Must RSVP!  
Dec. 6, Jan. 10 5:00-7:00 PM  

Resume Lab: Beginners and seasoned job seekers alike can get help with their resume - any question, any issue! Prerequisite: Job Seekers must attend OMJLC Orientation, a Resume Workshop and have a completed resume template or previous/current resume prior to attending. Must RSVP! 
Dec. 4, 18; Jan. 8, 23 1:00-3:00 PM   

Mock Interviews:  Refine your interviewing skills through a videotaped mock interview session. Prerequisite: Job Seekers must attend OMJLC Orientation and one of the Interviewing Skills workshops before enrolling in the Mock Interviews workshop. Must RSVP! 
Dec. 6, 20; Jan 10, 24 1:00-4:00 PM

Career Development Workshops are also available including Soft-Skills and other Job Search Skills classes. These workshops are offered on a bi-weekly basis between 9AM-Noon. OMJLC Orientation required prior to enrollment. Please click the link to the right or call to get more info.
Basic Computer Training: This is a two-part class (6 hrs. total) providing students with introductory to computer use. It is designed for the student who has no or little experience using a computer. Topics include: intro to computer hardware, basic computer terminology, using the keyboard, mouse, creating & saving documents. Prerequisite: OMJLC Orientation
Dec. 11 & 12, 26 & 27 1:00-4:00 PM
Jan. 15 & 16, 29 & 30 1:00-4:00 PM This class will demonstrate how to register on, create your career profile, search jobs, apply for jobs, using your personal backpack and more! Prerequisite: OMJLC Orientation
Dec. 11 & 12, 26 & 27 1:00-4:00 PM
Jan. 15 & 16, 29 & 30 1:00-4:00 PM

LCCAA Tech Connect Computer Training
Tech Connect will feature computer classes for 8 consecutive classes . The classes will include Microsoft Office programs, such as WORD & EXCEL, write your resume in WORD, and more. Upon completing the program each applicant that has been income qualified and is registered with OhioMeansJobs Lorain County will receive a certificate and a refurbished computer of their very own. Registration is open to all over 18. Contact Bob McDonald to enroll in this course @ 440-204-3151 or by email
Classes start Jan. 22, 2019

or RSVP to: 440-284-4217
Attention Job Seekers and Employers!

Job Seekers: Funding may be available through a WIOA Individual Training Account (ITA) for training or re-training in "in-demand" occupations to those who qualify.

Employers: On-the-Job Training (OJT) is a service available to businesses to help offset the costs of hiring and training. Reimbursements of new-hire training costs available to businesses up to $3000/trainee when hiring WIOA eligible candidates.
  OMJLC by the Numbers

Labor Market Update!
Current Unemployment Rates

  • United States 3.7%
  • Ohio 4.6%
  • Lorain County 4.7% (Read More)

Funding provided in part by Lorain County Board of Commissioners and
the Lorain County’s Workforce Development Board