Board of Ashtabula County
Peg Carlo OUTREACH PROGRAM-
Dan Claypool Additional funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Joe Moroski (ARRA) allowed Ashtabula County to conduct a training outreach program
in various sites throughout the county. A nine week outreach program was
Ashtabula Workforce conducted for three Saturdays each at the Henderson Library in Jefferson,
Policy Committee: the Country Neighbor Program in Orwell and the Conneaut Human Re-
Patrick J. Arcaro source Center.
Dr. Jerome Brockway
Patricia Carr Adults were able to drive only a few miles to learn of training opportunities and financial assistance.
Andrea Cathcart A total of 58 customers attended and 9 have already been enrolled in a training program for a total
Dan Claypool obligation of $31,544, 16 have training courses identified and are being processed with the remain-
Rich Gansheimer ing applicants doing job search and/or career exploration.
Project HIRE is a statewide initiative ALSO funded through ARRA to assist
Adam Holman dislocated workers in finding employment. Project HIRE-Ohio Learning
Joseph Mayernick Accounts (OLA) will be made available to Dislocated Workers. This initia-
Anne Mihoci tive will provide Dislocated Workers up to $6,000 for short-term training
Joseph Misinec which may include classroom training resulting in an industry-recognized,
Christina Ray portable credential and/or on-the job training (OJT) in concert with the pre-
John Rubesich qualified hiring employer.
Michael Sawruk Employers will conduct one-on-one interviews with applicants (dislocated workers) who meet their
Jeff Seth needs/job requirements. The Ohio Learning Accounts can bolster pre-qualified job seekers’ exist-
Gwen Stegall ing skills with additional training, making these candidates more attractive to prospective employers,
Susan Stocker beyond what the job seeker could have accomplished on his or her own. Dislocated workers em-
James Timonere ployed through Project HIRE on-the-job training must remain employed with the business for a mini-
Lynn Zalewski mum of six months after they training is completed with the employer.
Geauga Ashtabula Portage Total funding of up to $7 million will be issued statewide to Workforce Investment Areas to serve
Partnership, Inc. (GAPP) 1,200 to 2,000 job seekers, on a first come, first serve basis. All training must be completed by De-
cember 31, 2010.
Craiq Sernik, Interim Director
Dianne Jackson, Fiscal
Denise Gehring, Secretary The Job Source held a seminar entitled “Stimulus Dollars and other Govern-
ment Programs that can Benefit Your Company,” on Monday, October 5th.
Job Source One-Stop Presenters included: State Representative Deborah Newcomb, Northeast
Dave Fish, Manager Ohio Regional Representative Max Blachman with the Office of Senator
Sherrod Brown, Mr. Thomas Sangrik, Lender Relations/Economic Develop-
ment, Regional Economic Development Director Arnold Clebone Regional
Workforce Development Director Matthew Falter, Senior Loan Officer
Inside Info: Teresa McCleary, Geauga Ashtabula Portage Partnership (GAPP) Director
Craig Sernick , Ashtabula Growth Partnership Executive Director Joseph
Get Prepared Pg. 2 Mayernick and ODJFS Customer Service Representative Patricia Carr. At-
BVR-Ashtabula Pg. 2 tendees learned of the benefits of Stimulus Dollars from both the State and
the Federal Perspective.
Performance Pg. 2
Success Stories Pg. 2 Newcomb, a former small-business owner herself, said tough times are often toughest for small
ACJVS Pg. 3 businesses. “We need to reach out to our small businesses,” she said. “They truly are the backbone
of our communities.”
Vet’s Corner Pg. 3
Employer Seminars Pg. 3 Newcomb said public perception of the stimulus should not deter small-business owners from ap-
Community Action Pg. 4 plying for funding. “I can tell you that $23.9 million in stimulus funding has been allocated to Ashta-
Seminar Schedule Pg. 4 bula County,” she said.
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GET PREPARED-GET THAT JOB
by Dave Fish, One-Stop Manager
Here at the Job Source there is a wide of years and now find yourself unem- This is where most hiring decisions oc-
array of services for adults seeking either ployed, it is probable that you never cur – when the employer decides he has
employment or training assistance, re- needed a resume before. Our seminars found the perfect candidate. Few job ap-
gardless of income. Training and em- teach what to include and what to avoid plicants enter a job interview with needed
ployment related seminars are available putting in your resume. The seminars pro- preparation and, consequently, are usually
to the public on a regular basis and are vide answers to the questions: “How long very nervous. Be prepared! Research the
extremely beneficial. should the resume be?” “Should I include business/company for which you are inter-
my age?” “How far back should I go to viewing. Have a final statement prepared
Today most people need to provide a re- report employment history and educa- that relates to the interviewer why you
sume to prospective employers. Unfortu- tional background?” The resume is often should be hired. Stress your qualifica-
nately, most people have no idea how to the only initial contact you have with an tions, dependability and desire.
create a resume that stands out and employer. If your resume gets noticed,
grabs the attention of the employer. And, you get an opportunity for that all- Checkout the seminar schedule on page 4
if you have been employed for a number important job interview. and sign-up!
abled high school students. BVR does teacher at the school he was attending.
work extensively with disabled youth. This School records showed that he had reading
is called the Transitional Youth Program. and math skills at the ninth grade level.
As a general rule, the individual should be William stated that he really enjoyed being
at least sixteen years of age and interested around people.
in, at least, part-time work. BVR receives
referrals for youth from the local schools I suggested he enroll in the Retail Sales
and/or parents or agencies working with Training program at Goodwill Industries
Stephen Jacobs, BVR Counselor them. which consists of five weeks of classroom
Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission work followed by five weeks externship at a
Here is a good case example: (The names local merchant. At the conclusion of the
My name is Stephen Jacobs and I am a and details have been changed.) William program, the manager was so impressed
counselor with the Bureau of Vocational S. was a sixteen year old senior a student with William’s abilities that he offered him a
Rehabilitation (BVR). BVR helps dis- who lost the use of his legs in a car acci- job. William is now living on his own and
abled individuals return to work through dent when he was ten years old. He was working independently.
job training or job placement. confined to a wheelchair, but despite this,
he was very friendly and participated in If you have questions or would like to refer
Over the years I have received inquiries many school activities. yourself or other disabled individuals,
from parents and schools as to what please call me at 1-440-994-2512.
types of services BVR provides to dis- I met with William, his parents and his
WIA PERFORMANCE worker find employment and 96% were able SUCCESS STORIES
The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) to retain their jobs for 3 months with an av- A customer moved back here from Georgia
programs are graded by established erage six-month wage increase of $17, 286. and stated that when she moved here two
performance measures. Ashtabula For the 3rd Quarter 225 adults and 154 weeks ago everyone was telling her there
County is a member of a three-county dislocated workers were registered in the were no jobs to be found. After two weeks
WIA one-stop area-Geauga Ashtabula WIA program and 275 youth received ser- of continuous job search, she was hired
Portage Partnership, Inc. (GAPP). vices. full-time at a nursing home and has also
found herself a place to live.
GAPP exceeded 8 of the 9 perform- Certificates or diplomas were earned by
ance measures for the 3rd Quarter and 57% of participating youth and 56% found A married gentleman with 4 children gradu-
met the standard of the remaining employment or enrolled in an educational ated from TDDS with perfect attendance
measure for youth of either finding em- program. and a place on the honor roll. He is now
ployment or enrolling in an educational employed as a driver for Roehl Transport
program. Through August of this year 16,812 people earning 31 cents per mile and driving an
came to the Job Source and 4,819 of them average of 500 miles per day.
Of the adults being served 86% found have utilized the tools available to them in
employment. And, 91% of them kept the Resource Center. A married female with 2 children graduated
their job for at least 3 months and from KSU with an Associates in Occupa-
earned an average wage increase of For that same period 1312 individuals tional Therapy Assistant and found em-
$15,327 over the last 6 months. have also taken advantage of the various ployed earning $25/hr plus medical, dental,
employment/training seminars held at the vacation, sick and a 401K retirement plan.
The program helped 98% of dislocated Job Source.
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ACJVS Summer Employment Program A Success
Work! For some of us it is a four-letter word. For others it is a means to pay the bills. For too many Ashtabula county residents these
days, those looking for it find it all too hard to find. This past summer work to 187 Ashtabula County young men and women meant
“opportunity”. That’s because they were able to have jobs and earn money through the Ashtabula County Joint Vocational School’s
G.E.T. (Gaining Employment Training) Opportunities Program. The ACJVS G.E.T. program was funded through the American Rein-
vestment and recovery Act (ARRA) of 2009 stimulus package and the ACJVS was chosen to bring the $407,000 project to the County.
The G.E.T. Program was able to cover wages and provide support services to young men and women aged 16-24 so that they could
learn how to be successful at work.
As of September 11, nearly $300,000 had been paid in wages and 173 of the 187 had successfully finished. Jacqueline Lopez was
one of those workers. She summed her experience up this way: “I enjoyed working at my site. The people there were wonderful to be
around.” Natlie Berrios agreed. “Over the past eight weeks”, said Berrios, “I had a great work experience as a front-desk receptionist:
I got to wait on clients, answer the phone, file, send faxes and much more.”
According to Dr. Jerome R. Brockway, ACJVS Superintendent, “This program not only benefited the young people who participated
but also the businesses and agencies within the County. Fifty-one businesses and agencies in all parts of the county stepped forward
to provide entry-level training and work opportunities for these mostly-inexperienced workers and they, in turn, were able to get
needed assistance this summer. We really appreciate their efforts.”
The Basic Ingredients Store participated in the summer program. Owner, Cathy Lovas was happy to participate. “With the economy
the way it is, the G.E.T. Program has been a real blessing. It was a pleasure to work with Shauna (G.E.T. Summer Worker), train her,
give her work skills and be able to use the Program to provider her pay.” According to Lovas “This has been a real Win-Win Situa-
Bill Kaydo from Great Lakes Auto in Jefferson, feels similarly to Lovas. “This program helped us out a lot and I feel like the guys really
benefited from the experience.”
Nancy Kellogg from Children’s Services in Ashtabula feels that “the program is a great experience and a great opportunity for the
youth. I really enjoyed having them.” The young men and women with Children’s Services helped to prepare and serve the HOT
lunch program across the County. They learned proper food preparation, food handling skills and also learned people skills in deal-
ing with co-workers, supervisors and the public.
According to Brockway, the effects of the Stimulus Program go even further by assisting other businesses and local municipalities and
governments. “The wages paid to these young people, said Brockway, certainly didn’t sit in their pockets long.” Local businesses
benefited, he feels, from the extra spending money the youth and their families earned. “Not to mention, said Brockway, the nearly
$25,000 we estimate were paid out in state and local taxes. That’s a lot of new money to pump into the local economy in a very short
period of time.”
Vet’s Corner by Michele Stowe-Caya
A Suicide Prevention Campaign This was done in order to ensure the availabil-
Expands With On-Line are provided and crisis intervention steps
ity of quality and timely health care to veterans
Chat Service can also be undertaken, as needed. with service connected conditions, special au-
thority based on military service, low income,
On July 3, 2009 the Department of Veter- This online feature is intended to reach and those with special health care needs, VA
ans Affairs launched a pilot on-line Chat out to all Veterans who may, or may not, Income Thresholds may be found at the VA’s
Service, in partnership with Lifeline. The be enrolled in the VA health care system website: www.va.gov
Veterans Chat Service is located at the and provide them with online access to
VA National Suicide Prevention Hotline the Suicide Prevention Lifeline and pro- New regulations went into effect on June 15,
at: vides Veterans with an anonymous way to 2009 and enable the Department of Veterans
1-800-273-TALK (8255) access VA’s suicide prevention services. Affairs (VA) to relax income restrictions on en-
rollment for health benefits. While this new
Veterans Chat enables Veterans, their Changes to the Priority Group 8 provision does not remove consideration of
families and friends to go online where Enrollment Restriction income, it does increase income thresholds.
they can anonymously chat with a trained Veterans may now be eligible for enrollment
VA counselor. If the chats are determined In January of 2003 the Veterans Admini- under this new provision. To see if a veteran
to be a crisis, the counselor can take im- stration made the difficult decision to stop qualifies for enrollment, go to:
mediate steps to transfer the chatter to enrolling new Priority Group 8 (high in-
the VA Suicide Prevention Hotline, where come) veterans whose income exceeded http://www.va.gov/healtheligibility/apps/
further counseling and referral services the VA Income Thresholds. enrollmentcalculator/
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Richard J. Pepperney David Jordan
Executive Director Director, Community Services Free Seminars at the Job Source
Monday, October 5: 1-3:00 PM “Job Search Toolbox” Where are the
Now is the time for people to think about weatherizing jobs? A practical and straight-forward approach to using the correct tools
their home. With new income eligibility criteria many every job seeker needs to find employment.
households may qualify to “go green for free.” On July
Tuesday, October 6: 9-11:00 AM “Money and Credit” Does it seem
1st the Ashtabula County Community Action Agency
like there’s never enough money? Learn how to manage your money plus
(Community Action) began a twenty-one (21) month long
take the mystery out of building better credit. Presenter- Kathy Sandella,
increased Home Weatherization Assistance Program
Catholic Charities of Ashtabula County.
(HWAP) through the American Recovery & Reinvestment
Act (ARRA) stimulus program. During this period Com- Tuesday, October 6: 1-3:30 PM “Writing an Effective Resume” A
munity Action will be accelerating its production schedule carefully prepared resume provides a direct path from your goals as a job
to complete services for more than double the amount of seeker to the workforce needs of employers.
homes as they have been able to complete in the past. Friday, October 9: 11:00 AM-12:30 PM “Basic Computer Essentials”
Explore Learning Express Library, where you can take advantage of free
Eligibility for the Weatherization Program includes: resi- exercises and coursework to hone your computer skills, fine tune your
dent of Ashtabula, Lake or Geauga County, responsible business communication, and even brush up on your algebra! Presented
for paying own utilities, meet the income guidelines (SEE by Steve Miller, Technology Coordinator, Ashtabula County District Li-
CHART), and the home has not received weatherization brary.
services since September 30, 1994. Individuals who rent
may qualify if the landlord is willing to participate in the Tuesday, October 13: 1-3:00 PM “Ohio Benefit Bank” Learn about
costs. There may be a few other requirements depend- this web-based computer program that connects low and moderate-
ing on the specific situation but our Customer Service income Ohioans with access to work supports such as tax credits and pub-
staff are available to assist with the application process. lic benefits. Presented by Catholic Charities of Ashtabula County.
Wednesday, October 21: 1-4:00 PM “Interviewing-Winning Re-
Services provided begin with an assessment of the home sumes” A comprehensive approach that includes cover letter and thank
and a determination of the appropriate measures to be you formatting, resume structure, follow-up phone calls, dress to impress
taken. This assessment is followed by a visit to identify and interviewing tips. We invite you to bring your resume, if you have one;
energy inefficiencies and discuss a plan to help reduce on a disk or on paper.
energy utilization. This may include installation of CFL
bulbs, low flow showerheads, faucet aerators, refrigera- Thursday, October 21: 1-3:00 PM “Recognizing Your Skills and The
tor repair or replacement, reducing hot water tank tem- Job Application” At the end of this comprehensive workshop you will be
peratures, and other tips. Depending on the condition, able to identify and prove to an employer that you possess the skills to do
the home’s heating system may be cleaned, repaired or the job. Four out of five job applications are not filled out correctly! Learn
replaced for health and safety purposes. how to complete the application accurately and get that employer call
you have been awaiting. Hundreds of helpful hints.
On average the program helps to save 24% on heating Friday, October 23: 10 AM-12 PM: “Why Should I Go Back to
and cooling energy use. Anyone interested in finding out School?” Career vs. Job/Earning Potential. You can do it and this is
if they can “go green for free,” call the Community Action how! Presented by staff from KSU-Ashtabula.
Weatherization Program, the office is open Monday
through Thursday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Applications can Wednesday, October 28: 9:30-11:30 AM “Corrections Careers”
be submitted at any time, to receive an application Learn the “ins and outs” about a specialized area of law enforcement.
packet contact our office at 440-998-4996, 1-800-252- Could this be the career for you?
5249 or e-mail email@example.com Friday, October 30: 1-3:00 PM “Ohio Benefit Bank” Learn about this
web-based computer program that connects low and moderate-income
Ohioans with access to work supports such as tax credits and public bene-
2009 INCOME ELIGIBILITY for HWAP fits. Presented by Catholic Charities of Ashtabula County
Size of Household Annual Income at 200%
1 $ 21,660
2 $ 29,140 Space is limited! Reserve your seat!
3 $ 36,620
4 $ 44,100 Call: (440) 994-1234
5 $ 51,580
6 $ 59,060
7 $ 66,540
8 $ 74,020
For family units with more than eight (8) members, add
$7,480 for each additional member.