Connecting people to careers


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 are a leading community-based workforce organization in Northeast Ohio with extensive expertise and reliable partnerships.



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 612 people find good jobs last year. 420 had criminal backgrounds.

With a staff of 55, over 80 volunteers, 22 board members, and a budget of $5.61 million, TE serves approximately 2,000 individuals every year.

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City Club of Cleveland: Maureen Conway

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TE Attends National Skills Coalition Conference

On February 5th-7th, Towards Employment was represented at the National Skills Coalition Conference by Senior Manager Bishara Addison. She participated as the State lead alongside representatives from Tri-C, Automation Tool & Die, the Literacy Cooperative, and Policy Matters OH. National Skills Coalition is a broad-based coalition of workforce providers, community colleges, career trade schools, policy advocates,…

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Key Bank Invests $1M in Towards Employment

KEY BANK INVESTS $1M IN TOWARDS EMPLOYMENT’S WORK TO CONNECT MORE PEOPLE TO CAREERS Towards Employment will graduate 1700 people from full career pathway model over three years Download the release Cleveland – The KeyBank Foundation has pledged $1 million dollars to grow Towards Employment’s work in connecting people to careers. Over three years, KeyBank’s support…


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 job earning $8.25/hour.