By Watchdog Staff
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services will use a $12 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to expand and enhance the OhioMeansJobs website and create a new, online career counseling system.
“This grant presents us with an opportunity to completely rethink how Ohioans access the job search and job training assistance available through the state’s network of One-Stop centers,” said ODJFS Director Michael Colbert. “It will allow us to create a user-friendly, streamlined workforce development system that is more responsive to the needs of businesses and individuals.”
ODJFS said the planned enhancements will allow users to create employment portfolios with their specific needs, requests and interests. Individuals can then use their portfolios to apply for training opportunities, scholarships, foundations, internships and other services which are available through Ohio’s network of One-Stop Centers. The enhancements will allow Ohioans to manage their portfolios from any computer with Internet access.
These new services are intended to complement the OhioMeansJobs website and mobile app and the OhioMeansInternships website, ODJFS explained. Those sites aggregate job and internship openings posted on nearly any website in Ohio. Ohio-based businesses can use the two websites, free of charge, to post job openings, search for candidates and use advanced filters to narrow down many resumes to a smaller group.
Ohio’s grant was tied for the largest Workforce Innovation Grant awarded.