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Ohio workers connect with job success through computer skills program.

Job and Family Services of Clark County, Ohio reports that WorkPlus has successfully implemented the Connect Ohio program in 2011. Connect Ohio is a basic computer course that WorkPlus customized to include the necessary computer skills for online job searching and career development. As a training site, WorkPlus has trained 586 participants since February 2011, for an average of nine students per session.

As their web site states, "in partnership with local government and private organizations, the one-stop center serves as Clark County's central hub for employment and resources by offering a full spectrum of job and workforce development services. WorkPlus helps job seekers prepare for rewarding employment opportunities and helps employers find the qualified employees they need to succeed in a changing economy."

The One-Stop Center of Clark County is part of the WorkPlus regional system. Services are made possible by the U.S. Department of Labor, County Commissioners, and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Due to the program's success, WorkPlus, along with Clark State Community College, was invited to present at the Connect Ohio Technology Association meeting in December 2011. Instructors Dillon Charney and Jennifer Light presented the successes of the Connect Ohio program, specifically how it has been integrated into a job readiness curriculum triggering an increase in enrollment.

In large part due to the success and partnership WorkPlus and Clark State have had with Connect Ohio, Clark State Community College was awarded as the "All Star Facility" for the final quarter of 2011.

More information on WorkPlus is available at http://www.clarkdjfs.org/workplus/

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