Thursday, February 13, Connect Ohio held the grand opening of its newest Digital Works location in Portsmouth. The event was held at the Digital Works center located inside partner organization Community Action Organization of Scioto County’s building at 433 Third Street, and included remarks from dignitaries and a tour of the center.
“By connecting rural Ohio to the Web and bridging the ‘digital divide,’ Ohio’s rural schools, businesses, and communities have an opportunity to compete on a national and global level,” said Senator Sherrod Brown. “I congratulate Connect Ohio as it launches this new job training program that will prepare Ohioans in Scioto County — and throughout Ohio — for good-paying twenty-first century jobs.”
Digital Works Portsmouth held its first orientation session in late October and has since already placed four local residents into jobs with many more expected in the coming months. Digital Works hired local resident Pearlie Palmer in December to serve as the site’s full-time facilitator. Palmer was formerly unemployed and originally came to the Digital Works training program as a participant. (Read Palmer’s hiring story here).
“Digital Works Portsmouth offers a great opportunity for job growth in a region of Ohio that was significantly impacted by the recession,” said State Senator Joe Uecker. “It is also a tremendous resource, bringing technology to citizens who often lack access.”
The program provides mentoring and training to workers seeking employment with opportunities for advancement into more technical jobs. The Digital Works program is built around the idea of career advancement with additional training opportunities available for specialized telecommuting fields.
“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,” said Stu Johnson, executive director of Connect Ohio. “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.”
To join the Digital Works training program and start your new career:
Digital Works is currently taking applicants for the program; interested participants can register by calling the Digital Works location at (740) 351-1953 or by completing the online application through: www.digitalworksjobs.com.