Stark County workforce development plan gets state funding – News – The Repository

State funds will help the Greater Stark County Urban League fund a program to guide low-income, underemployed workers to better positions.

CANTON Several local agencies, led by the Greater Stark County Urban League, will partner in a workforce development program aimed at addressing poverty and unemployment.

The Urban League will receive a $389,000 grant, spread over the next two years, to hire three “employment navigators,” who will recruit job candidates and monitor their progress. Candidates will receive assistance in different areas to help them be successful employees.

Kim Hall, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Ohio Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) and Diane Robinson, Urban League president and chief executive officer, led a host of local and state officials who announced the program during a virtual meeting on Tuesday.

“This is a case management program that we believe in and we know it works,” Hall said.


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