Our Vision & Mission

At Towards Employment, we envision a dynamic world of work where everyone has an opportunity to thrive.

We champion the potential of every person to succeed in a rewarding career, while working to create an equitable and inclusive workforce for tomorrow. We do this by providing skill development for in demand jobs, comprehensive supports, extended career coaching, direct connections to employers, and advocacy to promote more equitable paths to opportunity.

Not just a job,

Towards Employment doesn’t just connect people to careers, we give hope for a brighter future.

We aim to get more people into good careers with family-sustaining wages and opportunities to advance through skill development and comprehensive, caring support.

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Job quality

We engage deeply with our network of more than 300 employer partners, working with them to fill open positions and reduce turnover in the immediate term while partnering to increase equitable access to quality jobs over the long term.


Too many people in today’s world of work face systemic barriers—a criminal record, housing, transportation, childcare—to accessing and growing in a career. We promote policies to eliminate systemic barriers and better align the workforce development system to support the most affected communities.


Yes, suspending driver’s licenses for unpaid debt is ‘absurd’: James Levin

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Lost Your License in Ohio Due to Debt? A New State Bill Might Fix That


Bipartisan SB 37 addresses nightmarish Catch-22 of debt-driven license suspensions

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As a thought leader in workforce development, TE works to pilot new approaches to improve our programs and build up the field.

We don’t settle for the status quo. Over our more than 40-year history, we have seen and tried a lot of different approaches to workforce development. We use the proven WorkAdvance model to connect people to careers and are always working to improve the broader field.

Real people,

Richard Jackson

Richard Jackson

"I feel like without Towards Employment I would not be on the path that I’m on. I love my job."

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