Community Employment Resource Map
A full spectrum of services provided in Wood County support community employment. One of the first counties in Ohio to have a specific department dedicated to community employment, Wood boasts a long history and culture that supports community employment. Many of the job opportunities are individualized for the needs of the individuals served. They have a strong background in connecting individuals to positions that meet their interests and strengths; these positions range from agriculture, maintenance, industrial, and administration. Wood County has several partnerships with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, Ohio Means Jobs, and five different Chambers of Commerce. They have a dedicated staff that provides marketing and assists with placements. They have a longstanding partnership with Bowling Green State University and are a trusted agency for workforce solutions in the community.
They have been very successful in implementing the Bridges to Transition program and are proud that students in this program have been able to transition to adult services with community jobs. One individual in Wood County has been nationally recognized by the Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst (APSE), for his work with the County Record Center. He has advanced from a part-time to full-time employee and participates in his workplace both professionally and socially. Others in Wood County also boast full time placements and even receive benefits. As one of the longest-standing community employment service providers, Wood County’s governing board has demonstrated its dedication and value of community employment. Leadership provides significant support for these endeavors, including assistance with transportation through a shuttle service.
The Community Employment Services staff is also incredibly dedicated to the success of the individuals served. Currently, Wood county is committed to utilizing person-centered planning approaches when connecting individuals to community employment. They do not have a standard method for transitioning individuals into employment, but rather ensure that the transition is unique to each individual. They aim to engage individual in the community as quickly as possible.