Meigs County Workforce Development
The Meigs County One-Stop,
is located on the second floor of the Department of Job and Family Services,
and is open to all residents who need assistance in finding employment,
training or interested in labor market information.
Current job listings are
available in the One-Stop, as well as, information on post secondary education
providers, vocational schools or other training programs. Staff will
assist individuals with creating a current resume, completing applications
or resolving barriers to employment. Computers with internet access
are available for use by One-Stop customers for on-line job search, preparing
and updating resumes, preparing letters of interest and other employment
related activities. The One-Stop also has telephones and a fax machine
available for use by customers during job search or training activities.
One Stop staff will assist
customers through referrals to other programs within the Department
of Job and Family Services or to other agencies when it is determined
there is a need of additional assistance to enable the individual
to find employment, better employment or training. Staff will assist the
customer in seeking out all means of funding to enable them to be successful
in reaching their employment goals.
Customers in need of additional
training are screened for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) eligibility.
On July 1, 2000 the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), funded by the United
States Department of Labor, replaced the Job Training Partnership
Act (JTPA). The Meigs County Board of Commissioners named the
Department of Job & Family Services as the county Workforce Development
Agency and administrators of the WIA Program. The program serves
individuals who meet the following criteria:
WORKERS, which are individuals who have become unemployed due to the closing
or cutback of a business and are not expected to return to their job.
These people may apply for WIA services once they have been notified by
the company of the closing or cutback. There are no income guidelines
for this program.
(2) ADULTS, are individuals
who are unemployed or underemployed and need to improve their employability
through WIA services or other community resources. Eligible applicants
must be 18 years of age or older and whose income meets
200 % of the federal poverty guideline. Underemployed workers income must
fall below 200% of poverty guideline.
(3) YOUTH, are individuals
between the ages of 14 and 21, who are unemployed or underemployed
and need WIA services to improve their employability. The program
provides funding to serve younger youth ages 14 to 18 and older youth ages
19 to 21. One of the goals for the younger youth population
is school retention to prevent dropout. All youth applicants
must meet federally established financial and other need guidelines in
order to qualify.
The WIA Program provides
three (3) levels of service which customers advance through. These
include Core Services, Intensive Services and Training Services.
*Core Services are self
services and are primarily to assist with job seeking and collecting basic
information regarding training options if self sustaining employment
is not available. These services do not require meeting eligibility
*Intensive Services are
WIA staff assisted job search and occupational development services and
can include, but is not limited to: developing an individual employment
plan, career counseling, case management and help in developing learning
skills, communications skills, interviewing and punctuality. Intensive
services provided by WIA does require meeting eligibility standards and
*Training Services allows
expenditures up to $6500 to cover cost of job training in a WIA approved
program. The participant can select from eligible training providers
and programs as long as the training is directly linked to job opportunities
in the area. WIA funds can be coordinated with other resources.
Federal regulations require
twelve (12) months of follow up services to participants who are registered
with WIA. During this time period the case manager will monitor the
participants work status and assist in employment retention with the goal
of attaining self-sufficiency.