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Program aims to help veterans prepare for workplace, find jobs

Published: Wed, June 27, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

By William K. Alcorn



United Methodist Community Center has launched a new federally financed program aimed at helping military veterans in Mahoning and Trumbull counties prepare for the workplace and find jobs.

The UMCC, with sites at 760 Main Ave. SW in Warren and 139 E. Boardman St. in Youngstown, received a three-year $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to finance Ready Workforce Programs at both sites, said Juanita Pasley, UMCC executive director.

Not only will the program, which begins Sunday, help veterans, it will provide five or six jobs for intake, case managers, instructors and job coaches. The goal is to help at least 108 veterans in the two counties, Pasley said.

Under the Ready Workforce Program, she said UMCC will work with other community and veteran-serving organizations and employment providers to coordinate services for veterans who need assistance in getting job training.

“The program will work to coordinate services to reduce or eliminate duplication of services in the community,” Pasley said.

She said UMCC will use WorkKeys, an online job-skills assessment system which measures real-world skills of the veterans. Computer-generated assignments enable remedial education to be individually designed and tracks success to give direction for new assignments aimed at moving the veteran into training or employment.

WorkKeys helps build employment skills, including math, reading, and business writing, which are at levels pre-set by employers for entrance into training programs, Pasley added.

Also, the grant will finance production of an outreach video for use in the community, Pasley said.

“United Methodist Community Center Ready Workforce Program will meet each veteran ... to establish a personal connection that provides the spark for the journey back to a vital and dignified life,” she said.

To reach the Ready Workforce Program at the Warren site, call 330-373-6480, ext. 222. The Youngstown-site telephone number is 330-743-5149, ext. 13.


1JustMath(6 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

You should be commended for your work with vets. We, too, work with vets! I thought I'd take this opportunity to share some information with you as it relates to the education and workforce in Ohio through 2018:

By 2018:
490,000 jobs will be available to "high school dropouts"
2,069,000 jobs will be available to "high school graduates"
1,264,000 jobs will be available to those who have "some college, no degree"
553,000 jobs will be available to those who hold an "Associate's degree"
1,012,000 jobs will be available to those who hold a "Bachelor's degree"
509,000 jobs will be available to those who hold a "Graduate degree"

As you continue your work with vets, it might be beneficial to take this information and drill down to what it means - locally - for each vet.

If you think we can work together on this, don't hesitate to contact me! Again, you should be commended for your work with Ohio vets! I find our work with vets to be very rewarding.

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2fcb(452 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

This would be a wonderful place to put some of that $3 million dollars you are using to build a football field. Who has given more than the veterans of this country. Did you ever wake up in the morning and wonder if your life has made a difference? A United States Marine doesn't have to!

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