Employment and Training Services
Workforce Investment Act (WIA)
The Workforce Investment Act, or WIA, consists of programs for employment and employment related training for the general population including anyone who has a barrier that makes it especially difficult for him or her to find work. Self-service or “core services” are provided to everyone over age 18. Core services include the use of the Internet to search for jobs, providing information about programs in the area and information about the labor market. Individuals who have specific problems that may cause them difficulty in finding employment at a self-sufficient level will be considered for more intense services such as case management and training.
The youth program is for both “in school” and “out of school” youth age 14-21 and offers numerous forms of employment training, leadership development, decision-making support, mentoring, supportive services and assistance.
Those in Washington County who are interested in participating in the WIA program need to visit the main office to talk to the WIA Resource Room Specialist.
Senior Aide Program/Title V
The Senior Aide /Title V Program provides work experience and on the job training leading to a job in the community for low-income individuals over the age of 55. The Senior Aide Program provides 20 hours of work in community service in order to help trainees re-enter the workforce or update skills in order to obtain better jobs. In some circumstances, this program can pay for occupational skill training or on the job training with private employers. This program also provides case management and works with individuals to remove barriers to employment.
If you would like to participate in the Senior Aide Program in Washington or Morgan County, contact the main office.
The Ombudsman Program provides case management for youth who are in danger of becoming involved with the Juvenile Justice System. The program was initially designed by Morgan County Job and Family Service agency as a way of dealing with young people who had been referred to the Juvenile Justice System for numerous unexcused absences from school. Prior to the creation of the Ombudsman program, these young people had to be transported out of Morgan County and placed in foster care. This practice was disruptive for the family and the young person and very costly for the county. The Ombudsman program allows a case manager to work with the young person, as well as the parents, and other individuals involved in the life of the youth. The program has significantly reduced “out of county” foster care placement. By working to establish better communication between family members and school staff, the case manager can clear up many problems at the source. The case manager also works with the parents to help them learn how to have a more positive effect on the behavior of their children.
The children that participate in this program are referred by the Morgan County Schools and the juvenile courts in Morgan County.
Alternatives to Delinquency (ATD)
The Alternative to Delinquency program gives young people involved with juvenile court an opportunity to work in the public sector as a way to make restitution for their fines. Participants are assigned to this program by the Washington County Juvenile Court.
Washington-Morgan Community Action Washington and Morgan Counties, Ohio
218 Putnam Street, Marietta, OH 45750 (740) 373-3745
50 W. Third Street, PO Box 398, Malta, OH 43758 (740) 962-3827