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Employment and Training Programs

302 Walnut Street
Martins Ferry, Ohio 43935
740-633-5627 or toll free 877-516-5627

The Workforce Division staff, housed at the local One Stop – Connections, currently offers three programs to assist community members with employment and employment preparation– Teen Leadership, Older Youth and Senior Community Service Employment.

2004 Best Practices award winner for the Connections program from the John Glenn Institute for Public Service & Public Policy. The award was given in category 4 - Partnerships Among Supporters and Providers of Services to Low Income People are Achieved.

CAC Workforce Staff

Workforce Mentor
Meredith Totterdale - E-mail

Job Coach – SCSEP
Cynthia Pugh - E-mail

Job Coach – SCSEP
Nelda Leach - E-mail

Workforce Investment Act Programs

Two of the three programs provided at Connections are funded through the Belmont County Department of Job & Family Services and the Workforce Investment Act. These programs target local youth from 14 to 21 years of age.

Teen Leadership

Teen Leadership is a program designed to provide eligible students with job skills, career information, and leadership development opportunities that will assist them in completing high school and entering college, the workforce, or the military. 

Some of the program components are as follows:

  • Group and individual activities that occur during and after school hours throughout the school year
  • Informational tours of local businesses, colleges and cultural events
  • Paid and unpaid work experience
  • Community service activities
  • Leadership development
  • Adult mentoring

Older Youth

Older Youth is a program designed to help youth, ages 18 to 21, develop job-related skills and enter the workforce in a field that matches their interests and career goals.

Some of the program components are as follows:

  • Job readiness and leadership sessions – either individual or group
  • 120 hours of paid or unpaid work experience
  • Adult Mentoring
  • Follow-up services

Further information about either of these programs can be obtained by contacting the CAC Workforce Staff at Connections.

Useful links:
Belmont County Connections

Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)

The third program in the Workforce Division targets the Senior Citizens in our local communities and assists them in entering the workforce through paid training at local non-profit and governmental agencies. SCSEP is operated under a United States Department of Labor grant and in cooperation with Senior Service America Inc. The SCSEP Program is an equal opportunity program.

To participate in SCSEP, a person must be:

  • Age 55 or older
  • Legally eligible to work in the United States
  • Live in a household with income no more than 125 percent of the federal poverty level.

To learn more about SCSEP and the many opportunities available to participants and communities, please contact the CAC Staff at Connections.

Useful links:
Senior Service America Inc.
United States Department of Labor
Ohio Department of Aging