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CHANGES DUE TO COVID-19:

  1. Customers are encouraged to receive services via phone and email, where applicable, or make an appointments with a staff member.  In addition, a Walk-Up Window is also available for services and is located to the left of the entrance.
  2. For customers needing access to the Career Center or building,  you must check in at the Walk-Up Window.  A staff member will record the name and contact phone number of each individual and:
    1. All customers are required to have a temperature check.
    2. All customers must complete the screening tool prior to entry.
    3. All customers must wear a mask at all times.
  3. Due to limited space in the Career Center only the customer seeking services may enter. Additional family members and others, otherwise not essential, must remain outside.
  4. The OMJ Career Center is limited to seven (7) people in total: Five (5) customers and two (2) staff.
  5. Customers admitted in the Career Center are required to stay in the Center.  For scheduled appointments elsewhere in the building, they must wait for staff to escort them to the appointment location.
  6. Job Applications must be accessed via a staff member. Customers must ask for assistance.
  7. No food or drinks are allowed inside the OMJ or W&B areas.

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The Workforce & Business Development Program (W&B) provides all services under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), as well as assists area small businesses providing business development services.

The W&B Program serves Pike County and the surrounding area offering expertise in small business services, free income tax preparation, financial literacy, as well as WIOA and TANF programs and services that prepare adults and youth facing serious barriers to employment.

The program is an active partner of OhioMeansJobs. The OhioMeansJobs Career Center offers an array of free resources for job search, career planning, and access to community resources. The Career Center is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Anyone seeking employment can visit the Career Center during normal business hours.

Some of the W&B Services offered include Career Readiness Workshops, Customized Training, Occupational Classroom Training, On-the-Job Training (OJT), Internship Training, Youth Programs, and Resume Development Services. Monies are allocated specifically for youth between the ages of 14-24, adults that are unemployed or incumbent workers, individuals unemployed due to a plant closure or long-term unemployed, and individuals with little or no work experience. Youth applicants must meet 100% of the Poverty Guidelines or 70% of the Lower Living Standard Income Levels (whichever is highest) or meet specified criteria. Adult applicants must meet 200% of the Poverty Guidelines, and Dislocated Workers must have a notice of permanent layoff or plant closure prior to enrollment.

Services offered to area small businesses (including start-ups) include The Business Resource Network (BRN), small business classes and one-on-one training and technical assistance, computer training, as well as the Small Business Loan Program which offers financing to individuals in Jackson, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Adams, Brown, and Lawrence Counties wanting to start, expand, or purchase a small business.

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