Community Works Connection
OPEN M’s Community Works Connection (CWC) is modeled after the highly successful Cincinnati Works program. Through CWC, we serve individuals who want to change their lives. Most CWC participants have a history of generational poverty, and are motivated to become more self-sufficient and more successful in the workplace.
CWC not only transforms individuals, it can have a ripple effect on family and friends, even affecting generations to come. This is not a job placement program. At OPEN M, we start with job placement. The goal of CWC is job retention that leads to career advancement and sustainability.
One Job, One Year
Our mantra is ‘One Job, One Year.’ With our CWC staff, supported by partner resources, we help clients reduce the barriers that keep them from lasting employment. Key elements of CWC include:
- A five-day job readiness and financial literacy workshop
- An emphasis on job retention
- A customized mentoring program
- Transportation assistance
- Relationships with core employers in the community
By training participants to succeed in the workplace, CWC also helps Summit County businesses, providing them with a dependable source of productive, reliable, entry-level workers.
CWC Orientation is held once a month. You must attend orientation to be accepted into CWC. The CWC job readiness workshop is held the week following orientation for five full days. Eligible applicants should be:
- At least 18 years of age
- Summit County residents
- Drug Free
- Have a positive outlook and a commitment to change
- Willing to sign an agreement committing to “One Job for One Year”