Thursday, March 28, 2002

Five job centers opening

City, Hamilton Co. team up on project

By Cliff Peale,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        To help job-seekers find available jobs, Cincinnati and Hamilton County have created five one-stop job centers to offer the services of more than a dozen federal agencies.

        Called the Southwest Ohio Career Resource Network, the program opened four new satellite locations March 25. It was funded by a combined $7.8 million in two-year grants, paying a private company to operate the center.

        The first center, at 1811 Losantiville Road in Roselawn, opened under the new program in January. The other four, in Over-the-Rhine, Westwood, Forest Park and Sharonville, came under control of the private operator last week.

        City and county officials, through a group called the Southwest Ohio Regional Workforce Policy Board, have been working on the program for several years. But the program has drawn the attention of Cincinnati CAN, Mayor Charlie Luken's race-relations commission.

        “This is a key achievement,” said Joseph Pichler, chairman and chief executive officer of Kroger Co., one of the region's biggest employers, and part of CAN's Economic Inclusion task force. “It opens up employment access on a metro-wide basis.”

        There is no corporate funding in the One-Stop Job Center. Project director Jacqueline Thomas said the centers can provide access to training as well as job openings.

        Ms. Thomas works for operator Affiliated Computer Systems, which operates about 100 one-stop centers throughout the country.

       For more information, call 731-9800.


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