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Workforce Development

Workforce development is an economic development approach that enhances a region's economic stability and prosperity by focusing on people. There are a number of organizations leading workforce development efforts in the Columbus region. Whether you are a job seeker or a business seeking workforce development assistance, you can find available programs through the links below.

Office of Workforce Development - ODJFS (OWD)

OWD provides information and tools to Ohio's workforce system. They interpret federal and state law and serve as primary policy-makers for workforce programs. The office administers federal programs that create a comprehensive statewide workforce system of employment services, hiring support and tax credits, and labor market information to employers and workers.

Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation (COWIC)

Central Ohio's one-stop employment services provider. Their mission is to meet the employment needs of businesses and job seekers to support economic development in Central Ohio.

Columbus State Community College Center for Workforce Development

The Center for Workforce Development partners with the community to address workforce and economic development needs through innovative approaches to continuing education, career counseling, talent development, customized training, industry sector strategy, organizational performance, business consulting, entrepreneurial development, and anything else your business may need.

Jewish Family Services

Established in 1908, the agency serves people in the two most important aspects of their lives; family and work. This agency is located in Franklin County and is one of only a half dozen Jewish Family Services nationally. They provide a unique blend of mental health and career services to create an effective combination of empowering tools for clients.