Ohio Means Jobs Meigs County selected for national study

By Sarah Hawley - shawley@civitasmedia.com

MIDDLEPORT — The Ohio Means Jobs location in Meigs County is one of 50 selected from across the nation to take part in a national survey on how the program operates daily and serves its clients.

Meigs County Department of Job and Family Services Director Chris Shank and program administrator Theresa Lavender explained that the study team for the project will conduct an on-site visit Oct. 4 and 5 as part of the study.

The study is not to check for compliance or to monitor the site, but to see what Ohio Means Jobs Meigs County is doing and what is working well so that it may be adapted to other locations across the nation.

After the on-site visit is conducted, a report will be made available which will show the finding from all 50 job centers visited, highlighting what is being done and working well at the locations.

The focus of the study is to build evidence to see what is working in the centers, studying the locations that have worked well.

Shank explained that this gives the program an opportunity to showcase the work that they are doing and to show how and why things are working.

Shank said it is not known exactly how Meigs County’s center came to be selected for the study, but that the selection shows the good work being done by those there.

Last year, 9,227 job seekers visited the center, with an additional 8,988 calls coming in to the center. Of those, 1,437 attended workshops or trainings, 2,672 utilized the resource room and 158 needed assistance with resumes.

Ohio Means Jobs Meigs County helps connect job seekers with jobs, connect employers with those looking for positions and help with training opportunities. Some of that work includes helping create resumes, being a site of companies to conduct open interviews, and serving as a liaison between job seekers and employers.

The jobs center offers monthly workshops which include job club, life skills, basic computer skills, resume and cover letter writing, internet job search, pregnancy and parenting workshops, and child care provider classes.

Ohio Means Jobs Meigs County partners with DJFS, Veterans Services, Child Care Services, Unemployment, and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, along with many other agencies.

“We provide a lot of resources for a small community,” said Lavender of the six-person staff at the center.

Job postings are made to the center’s Facebook page, as well as additional postings being listed in the job book at the center.

Walk-ins are welcome, with no appointments necessary for services. There are no eligibility requirements, meaning anyone can receive services from the center.

By Sarah Hawley


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