Connecting people to careers


Please click through for our newest report, entitled Advancing Northeast Ohio: What WorkAdvance Taught Us About Building On Ramps to Opportunity. This report, made possible by support from the Fund for Our Economic Future and Deaconess Foundation, explores in-depth the history and impact of WorkAdvance in our region, as well as makes several recommendations for going forward.

A national leader in workforce development

We are a proven leader in workforce development that connects people to careers, which changes people’s lives, advances businesses, and strengthens community in Northeast Ohio.
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We actively address the need local business has for a qualified, trained and motivated workforce.



We partner with businesses confident our proven training programs and personal coaching prepares new and current employees for career success.



Our enterprises reflect 40 years of experience in successfully helping people gain the tools they need to find a job, navigate life's obstacles, and secure a path towards a long-term career.

We helped 300 people find good jobs last year. 180 had criminal backgrounds.

With a staff of 55, over 100 volunteers, 22 board members, and a budget of $6.1 million, TE serves approximately 2,000 individuals every year.

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City of Cleveland Mayoral Candidate Forum for Returning Citizens

Click To View Flyer FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 16, 2021 Adaora Schmiedl Towards Employment Director, Development and Marketing 216-696-7310 Ken Brinkman Center for Employment Opportunities Job Developer / Business Account Manager 216-316-6841 City of Cleveland Mayoral Candidate Forum for Returning Citizens The Greater Cleveland Reentry Leadership Coalition and Community Partner Hosting Candidate Forum…

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FOR NEW NEIGHBORHOOD CAREER HOTLINE MidTown Cleveland                                                                    Jeanniece Jackson 5000 Euclid Avenue                                                                    216-391-5080 ext.109 Cleveland, Ohio 44103         …


Guest Review: Young Workers Hit Hard By COVID

Guest review written by Grace Heffernan, Senior Project Manager, Thomas P. Miller Associates Cuyahoga County’s youngest workers face the most desperate employment prospects since the Great Depression. An estimated 21,000 young adults aged 16-24 in Cuyahoga County are disconnected from both work and school (The $44,000 Question) and the resulting impacts of this disconnection go well beyond negative employment outcomes…


Over 300 Employers Hired TE Graduates

Our employer partners represent a diverse business landscape: small shops, large health care systems, local manufacturers and innovative entrepreneurial businesses.

Towards Employment Impact

“Towards Employment gives you doors to walk through but you have to take the first step.”

Leonard went to prison for a year at the age of 19 and then spent the next 10 years working odd jobs until another conviction at age 31 led to a six-year sentence gave him the determination to turn his life around. After his release, he struggled to find a decent job. He eventually enrolled in TE’s program for individuals with criminal records.

“Towards Employment is no-nonsense preparation for the workplace.”

Kathy needed a fresh start after being her mother’s full-time caretaker until her death from cancer but she faced the challenge of finding a job at age 57 – ten years out of the workplace with no experience with online job searches and applications.

“Even with a criminal record, I began to believe that I had a shot, that I could land a career position, not just any job.”

The routes may vary, but the end result is the same: moving from poverty to a paycheck and from a paycheck to a career. After graduating from TE’s job readiness program for people with a criminal record, Daniel found a career.