D.R.E.A.M. Program Services

An OMJ center Employment Services Specialist (ESS) will meet with you one-on-one to discuss your interests. We use available labor market information and career guidance assessment tools to help you narrow down a career field. Your ESS will help you get connected to career opportunties that meet your interests and current skill level. We can help you with practice interviews, building a resume and cover letter, starting your job search, retaining your current job, and career advancement.

Our licensed teachers will assist you with tutoring, study skills and  GED test preparation. Our program allows you to take GED practice tests so that you will feel confident in sheduling your final exams. The local GED test site is located at the Knox Technical Center adult education building. Our program covers the cost of GED testing. GED graduates may be eligible for a $100 financial incentive upon achieving their GED. 

This program is designed as a planned and structured learning experience that takes place in a workplace for a limited period of time. The program: 

  • Helps participants understand proper workplace behavior and what is necessary to obtain and retain employment.
  • Includes an education component related to learning needed job skills. 
  • Assists participants financially by allowing them to earn an hourly wage while learning job skills. 
  • Enables participants to gain exposure to the working world and its requirements.
  • Allows participants to “try out” various career pathways to find a career suitable to their interests and abilities.
  • Can serve as a stepping stone to permanent employment and is an important step in the process of developing a career pathway.
Many participants in the Paid Work Experience progam get hired permanently at one of their work sites. 

Our job center is equiped with a state-of-the-art, virtual career lab. Job seekers have access to VR equipment with over 200 occupations across multiple industries. When using this equipment, job seekers are immersed into actual tasks completed in various occupations. The experience feels very real and authentic. Job seekers can use this equipment to explore various career pathways and practice job skills.  This VR software has job skill competencies built in allowing job seekers hands-on practice to perfect their job related skills. Job seekers interested in utilizing the VR lab should contact us at 740-392-WORK to schedule an appointment.  

  • Credit recovery allows you to recover failed credits and graduate on time.
  • Credit flexibiliby allows you to move on to higher-order content you are ready to learn.
  • We have a summer-specific credit recovery program – but both the credit recovery and credit flexibility programs operate year round. 
  • Credit recovery and credit flexibiltiy requires a referral from your high school guidance office.

We assist you in achieving the job readiness graduation seal. This program is a 9-week commitment. A new cohort begins every 9 weeks and operates year round. You will meet  with your group and mentor twice a week and work toward earning proficiency in the OhioMeansJobs seal criteria. Once you sucessfully complete the 9 week program you will have acheived 12 of the 14 criteria in the OhioMeansJobs Readiness Seal, which is validated by 2 community mentors. This program requires a referral from your high school guidance office. 

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and supportive services to gain the skills needed to compete in a competitive job market. If you are eligible, through WIOA, we may be able to assist you with:

  •  Educational program funding or on-the-job training to prepare you for an in-demand career.
  • Supportive services such as training materials, transporation, uniforms, etc.
  • Tutoring and remediation.
WIOA funding is available for training geared toward jobs in high growth industries. To see a list of in-demand jobs, please cllick HERE. To view a list of programs and providers, please visit the Workforce Inventory of Education and Training HERE.
Special funding for training and education is available to dislocated workers who have lost their job through layoffs, plant closings, and job loss due to foreign competition. 

Registered Apprenticeship programs are designed for job seekers who are 16 years old or older and who want to learn a skilled trade in an in-demand career, while earning a living and without student loan debt! As an apprentice, you are a full-time employee from DAY ONE, earning a paycheck while you learn!  Apprenticeships offer the chance to gain skills that will lead to a higher salary and great job opportunities. Apprenticeship are available in a variety of occupations, inlcuding health care, internet technology, advanced manufacturing, utilities, and construction. During an apprenticeship, you will be trained on the job by an expert worker. You will also participate in classroom instruction that applies directly to your career. Once you complete your apprenticeship program, you will receive a certificate that is recognized nationally. 


Did you know that Ohio has over 1,100 Registered Apprenticeship programs in fields as diverse as construction, energy, health care, manufacturing, and utilities? Find a program by clicking HERE or contact us at 740-392-WORK and we will help you get connected!

Supportive services are individually tailored to help each participant secure and retain employment. We may be able to assist with transportation, work uniforms, education expenses, childcare, etc. Our goal is for our program participants to obtain and maintain full-time, self-sufficient employment.

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