GALLIPOLIS – Connect Ohio’s Digital Works location in Gallipolis has already placed 11 local residents into jobs with many more expected in the coming months. Digital Works opened in November at 848 Third Avenue in partnership with Gallia County Department of Jobs and Family Services. Digital Works is a technology skills training program providing a link between twenty-first century workforce opportunities and community revitalization. The program provides mentoring and training to workers seeking employment with opportunities for advancement in more technical jobs.
“Digital Works makes it easy for us,” said Pat Bailey, Digital Works Gallipolis participant who found a job through Digital Works after being unemployed for nearly six months. “The environment is very relaxed and everyone works at their own pace. There is no competition, everyone is just working to do the best they can.”
Using a digital learning model, the Digital Works program trains, places, and mentors high-quality business process candidates and locates co-working centers in rural America settings where job demand is high, few employers exist, and the cost of living is the lowest. After successfully completing the training, workers are guaranteed placement in a position that matches their skills and interest.
“The Digital Works program is built around the idea of career advancement; we expect a large portion of participants to want to progress beyond the first entry level position that we get them,” said Stu Johnson, executive director of Connect Ohio. “A piece of sustainability for the Digital Works program is based on employees pursuing more training to enter specialized telecommuting fields such as IT, code writing, and technical writing. The Digital Works program trains Ohioans for new positions by teaching these computer skills, allowing for many different avenues of advancement.”
Digital Works is providing an avenue for vacant buildings to become job incubators and retain workers in the area. Nine Digital Works locations have opened across Ohio with additional sites in the process of opening. Currently more than 60 positions have been offered statewide to participants of the Digital Works training program since launching in the summer.
To join the Digital Works training program and start your new career:
Digital works is currently taking applicants for the program, all interested participants can register by calling the Digital Works location at (740) 446-4414 or by completing the online application through: www.digitalworksjobs.com.