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1301 Monroe St.
Toledo, OH 43604
NetWORK current programming provides services through a variety of funding sources to a diverse population:
- One-Stop Operator, The Source Northwest Ohio/Core-Level Services
- Job Placement Program
- Subsidized Employment Program
- Disability Navigator/Core-Level Services
- Rehabilitation Services/Intensive-Level Services
The Resource Room at The Source is available to anyone who registers and is seeking employment. There are no requirements or eligibility criteria to meet in order to use the Resource Room.
Services available in the Resource Room:
- Registration on Ohio Means Jobs
- Use of fax machine, copy machine, telephones, and internet accessible computers to assist in job searching
- Internet access to create free e-mail accounts
- Seminars to assist job seekers in a successful job search:
- Basic Computer Training
- Career Exploration
- Resume Writing
- Interviewing Hints
- Software for creating resumes (WINWAY)
- Programs for developing computer skills:
- Mavis Beacon Typing Tutorial
- Tutorials in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
The Disability Navigator on-site at The Source provides the following services to individuals requesting assistance:
- Guiding One-Stop staff in helping individuals with disabilities access and navigate the complex provisions of various programs that impact their ability to gain/retain employment
- Develop linkages and collaborations with employers to facilitate employment for individuals with disabilities
- Developing partnerships to achieve integrated services, systemic change, and expand capacity to service individuals with disabilities
- Facilitating the transition of in-school or out-of-school youth with disabilities to obtain employment and economic self-sufficiency
- Conducts outreach activities to local agencies and organizations that provide services to individuals with disabilities
- Acts as a resource on SSA's: work incentives, employment support programs through Work Incentives, Planning, and Assistance (WIPA) programs, Ticket to Work, etc.
- Provides implementation of Individual Development Accounts or cross-program teams (i.e. One-Stop staff, VR counselor, Medicaid staff, Housing, or Mental Health agency staff) when appropriate to assist job seekers with disabilities in a comprehensive manner addressing multiple funding streams or barriers
- Provides on-going assessment, services, programs, and equipment to ensure accessibility to individuals with disabilities
- Provides information on assistive technologies and/or referrals to organizations that can serve as a resource
Referral by Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) required
Steps to Success Job Placement (JP) is designed to assist individuals who have experienced difficulty in getting and keeping a job or who have limited knowledge about their skills, abilities, and aptitudes. This innovative program is a step-by-step process that allows the individual to realistically understand themselves and the expectations of employers.
Steps to Success (Ohio Works First/OWF) JP:
- Assists in Developing Life Skills
- Job Training
- Job Placement
- Work Experience Program (WEP)
- Vocational Testing
- Job Shadowing
- Career Paths/Career Ladders
Work Experience Program (WEP):
Designed to improve work-related behaviors. Classroom activities combined with hands-on experience in a work setting prepares the individual for specific job skills training and is designed to maximize the individual's employment potential. The work experience improves job readiness and enhances the interpersonal skills needed to remain successfully employed.
Designed to emphasize the positive attributes of each individual for maximum employment potential. Included in the job placement component is access to appropriate job search tools, career resources, direct connections to local employers, and an individualized support system for job search success. This service is provided in a classroom or one-on-one setting.
- Basic Computer Training
- Advanced Computer Training
- Leadership Training
- CPR/First Aid Certification
Additional Services Provided:
- Life Skills Training and Mentoring to assist clients in identifying barriers to successful employment and resolving problems.
- Career Path/Career Ladder information will assist individuals in advancing in their career choice.
- Employment Soft Skills will assist the individual in improving customer service skills and teamwork concepts and practices, improving communication skills, and understanding employer expectations.
Steps to Success Subsidized Employment Program (SEP) is designed to assist "job ready" individuals with no identifiable barriers to successful employment with the opportunity to begin a job that matches their experience, interests, and skillsl sets. SEP offers an assortment of valuable employment and training resources that save employers time and resources when hiring new employees.
Steps to Success (Ohio Works First/OWF) SEP:
SEP assists the employer in counterbalancing the cost of training new employees in a number of ways:
- It is designed to emphasize the positive attributes of each individual for maximum employment potential.
- The subsidy paid to the employer is designed to offset the cost of training new employees.
- A subsidy will be paid to the employer for a period of up to six months for participation.
- The SEP client is an employee and receives the same wages and benefits from the employer as any other employee.
- The SEP employer agrees to retain the SEP employee in regular unsubsidized employment at the end of the six-month period as long as the employee is performing at the level of the employer's expectation.
NetWORK staff also assist employers by prescreening applicants for the open positions. This process can save employers time and energy.
- Candidates are prescreened via telephone by staff and asked if they meet the minimum qualifications for open positions and a follow up face-to-face interview is conducted to verify qualifications.
- Candidates forward resumes along with supporting documentation to NetWORK staff who determine if the minimum qualifications for open positions have been met.
- NetWORK can customize prescreening by conducting an application session and conducting pre-employment testing as determined by the employer (some tests may involve a fee).
- Job coaching is also available (by client and/or employer request).
NetWORK can advertise positions within a statewide internet site at no cost to the employer. The job postings provide employers to identify job specific qualifications.
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