Vocational Rehabilitation

NetWORK Division of Zepf Center is driven to provide high quality workforce development services for individuals to explore, obtain and maintain employment.
Vocational Rehabilitation

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NetWORK Division of Zepf Center provides various vocational services that assist individuals explore careers, develop employment skills, and attain employment. Services provided include the following:

COMMUNITY BASED ASSESSMENT (CBA)

Provides an opportunity for the individual to explore work in a competitive setting based on identified areas of interest.

  • Understanding work behaviors required within a work setting
  • Understanding work tolerance of the job seeker
  • Understanding and evaluating their work skills and abilities
  • Assisting the individual to understand their own strengths, abilities and limitations
CAREER EXPLORATION SERVICE

This service identifies an appropriate job goal through Job Shadowing, Informational Interviewing and review of Local Labor Market Information. 

  • Understanding the tasks and skills required in a job
  • Provide insight into the labor force demand of the occupation
PERSONAL AND SOCIAL ADJUSTMENT

This service provides the individual an opportunity to develop insight, adjust to the demands and enhance problem solving skills so they can be successful as a worker.

  • Identify past work behaviors that previously limited job success
  • Identify barriers outside of the work setting that may limit job success
  • Enhance interpersonal skills so that job success can be maintained
WORK ADJUSTMENT

Provides individuals with the opportunity to develop as a worker.

  • Improve employment readiness
  • Learn to adapt to work settings and a variety of challenges
  • Develop effective communication and social skills
  • Develop the problem solving skills to manage the demands of working
  • Obtain immediate feedback and reinforcement regarding critical work behaviors
JOB COACHING

This service provides the individual an opportunity to be provided support and job skill training at the worksite after the individual has secured employment. 

  • Assist in meeting productivity and quality standards
  • Assist the individual in developing natural peers and environmental supports
 JOB SEEKING SKILLS TRAINING
  • Prepare the individual to apply, interview and secure a job
  • Assist in completing both paper and on-line applications
  • Prepare an effective resume and cover letter
  • Assist in developing a resume
  • Develop interview skills that prepare the individual for various interview settings
  • Develop Job Search Strategies
INDIVIDUALIZED JOB DEVELOPMENT

Is designed to assist the individual in their job search process.

  • Assistance identifying employers with job openings
  • Having someone who advocates on behalf of the individual with local employers
  • Develop job search methods

RECOVERY TO WORK

The purpose of Recovery to Work is to provide individuals with mental illness and/or drug addiction assistance in finding and maintaining employment.  Services provided include:

  • Career Guidance
  • Skill Assessment
  • Training
  • Community Based Assessment (CBA)
  • Short-term Occupational Training
  • Job Readiness Training
  • Individualized Job Development
  • Job Coaching Services
  • Disability Management Services
  • Education/Training
  • Support Services
  • Treatment Service

For more information call 419-841-7701 ext. 1145

One Stop Operator of OhioMeansJobs Lucas County

NetWORK has been the One Stop Operator of OhioMeansJobs Lucas County for the past eleven years.  A variety of services are offered to assist Lucas County residents in searching for and obtaining employment.  For more information on vocational services call OhioMeansJobs Lucas County at 419-231-JOBS (5627).

ASSESSMENT

A variety of assessment instruments are available to assist the Job Seeker Customer determine an appropriate job goal. These assessment instruments include the following:

  • Career Scope: This assessment instrument evaluates the Job Seeker Customer in interest, aptitudes and basic academic areas.
  • Career Ready 101: This assessment instrument evaluates the Job Seeker Customer in academic levels in Math, English and Reading.
  • Self Directional Search: This assessment instrument evaluates the Job Seeker Customer vocational interest.
CAREER EXPLORATION

Workshops are provided in Career Exploration to assist the job seeker in choosing an appropriate vocational goal. These workshops include the following areas:  

  • Career Exploration: The Job Seeker Customer will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of exercises that will assist the individual to assess their interest, aptitudes, work characteristics and personal needs thus helping the job seeker identify potential employment opportunities.

The Career Resource Area will provide a variety of quality driven resources and services to the Job Seeker to explore careers and job opportunities. These services and resources include the following:

  • Access to Internet: Job Seeker Customers will have the opportunity to utilize computers within the Resource Area to research employment information, complete financial aid forms and job openings at various sites on the Internet.
  • Computer Software Career Exploration and Assessing Skills: Job Seeker Customers will have the opportunity to utilize computers and software (Career Scope, OASYS, OCIS) within the Resource Area to identify their transferable skills, aptitudes, and interest and potential occupations.
  • Information on Careers/ Occupations: Job Seeker Customers will be able to utilize a variety of career information resources on skill sets, abilities, aptitudes, education/training requirements, characteristics and physical requirements of various occupations. Information will also be provided on employers who may hire in the wide range of occupations. Information will be made available in books, fliers, brochures, computer software applications and Internet access with specific sites identified.
  • Information on Training/Education Providers: Job Seeker Customers may access information on various local training providers (I.e.: Adult Education, Post Secondary and Vocational Schools) and the occupations that would be attained after completing the training. Staff will provide guidance on Internet sites with additional information about training providers.
  • Information on Demand Occupations: Job Seeker Customers may access information on local Demand Occupations. Job Seeker Customers will be referred by staff to the Career Corners and/or the other information on various demand occupations. The Source has developed Career Ladder booklets in six various vocational areas.
  • Labor Market Information (LMI): Job Seeker Customers will have access to information to about general labor market information via printed literature or Internet access. LMI will be collected on a regular basis from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Service (ODJFS), local employers through the Toledo Chamber of Commerce and Job Development staff of partner agencies. Staff may provide assistance and guidance to Job Seeker Customers in interrupting the LMI information.
  • Career Guidance: Job Seeker Customers will have access to resource books on careers.  Staff will be available within the Resource area to provide limited career guidance.
  • Copiers: Job Seeker Customers will have access to copiers within the Career Resource area for copying various documents for career exploration and job search assistance.
SKILL UPGRADE

The Job Seeker Customer has the opportunity to take advantage of a variety of software packages to upgrade their basic skills.

  • Computer Software to Upgrade Skills: Job Seeker Customers will have the opportunity to utilize the computers and the loaded software to upgrade skills in various software applications (Excel, Word, Mavis Beacon and Access) at a self-paced manner.
  • Career Ready 101 Skill Development: The Job Seeker can enhance their basic job essential skills in such areas as applied math, reading for information, customer service, teamwork, and other key skills needed within the workforce by accessing a self paced internet driven training program.  The Job Seeker can attain certificates of completion when they master various units in the program.
JOB SEARCH WORKSHOPS

Job Search Workshops are provided in job search techniques. Workshops include the following areas: 

  • Resume Development: The Job Seeker Customer will be provided with the information and/or given instruction to develop a professional resume that highlights their skills, education, work experience and personal characteristics.
  • Writing Cover Letters: The Job Seeker Customer will be provided with the information and/or given instruction to develop a cover letter that introduces themselves to the employer while highlighting their skills, education, work experience and personal characteristics that make themselves a quality applicant for the position.
  • Interview Skill Development: The Job Seeker Customer will be provided with the information and/or given instruction on how to prepare for an interview as well effectively answer common interview questions.
JOB SEARCH ASSISTANCE AND JOB PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE

The Job Search Resource Room within the OMJ Center will serve as a valuable resource for the job seeker customer needing staff assistance in their job search process. The Job Search Resource Room will provide a variety of quality driven job search services to the job seeker customer. The Job Search Resource Room will be staffed with various partner staff that is committed to quality service and knowledgeable of the various job search techniques. The Job Search Resource Room will provide the following services and resources:

  • Telephones for the Job Seeker: Job Seeker Customers will have access to telephones within the Job Search Room to contact employers about potential employment opportunities.
  • Access to Internet: Job Seeker Customers will have the opportunity to utilize computers within the Resource Area to research employment information, complete financial aid forms and job openings at various sites on the Internet.
  • Resume Development: The Job Search Resource Room staff will provide individual intervention to assist the job seeker customer to develop a resumes that markets their skills, experience and education in a professional format.
  • Cover Letter: The Job Search Resource Room staff will provide individual intervention to assist the job seeker to develop various quality cover letters in applying for various employment opportunities.
  • Prescreen for Job Openings: The Job Search Resource Room staff will review the job seeker’s resumes and other documentation to preliminarily determine if the job seeker matches the job orders that are placed within the center.
  • Job Search Assistance: The Job Search Resource Room staff will work with individual job seekers to develop job search techniques that assist the job seeker to attain employment that matches their skills, abilities, aptitudes, interest and individual needs.
  • Computer Software for Job Search Assistance: Job Seeker Customers will have the opportunity to utilize computers and various software packages for completion of Resumes and Cover Letters. (Win-Way Resume and Microsoft Word.) Staff will provide limited assistance on training Job Seeker Customers on use of software.
  • Computer Software to Gain Information about Employers and Various Occupations: Job Seeker Customers will have the opportunity to utilize computer software (OASYS, OCIS, O-Net, etc.) to attain description of occupations and names of employers that may hire those positions.
  • Computer Access in Registering for Automated Labor Exchange Services: Job Seeker Customers will have access to register with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services labor exchange system. In addition, Job Seeker Customers will be able to post resumes on local and national web sites (I.e. Monster.com, etc.)
  • Job Orders Posting: Job Seeker Customers will have access to current job orders from local employers posted within the Job Search Resource Room. Staff will maintain a job order posting book based on referrals from employers and/or partner Placement staff sharing job orders.
  • E-mail Accounts: Job Seeker Customers may access computers within the Career Resource Area to set up e-mail accounts for their job search process.
  • Fax machines: Job Seeker Customers will have access to fax machines to send resumes and cover letters to prospective employers.
  • Copiers: Job Seeker Customers will have access to copiers within the Career Resource area for copying various documents for career exploration and job search assistance.

 

 

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