Making a Clear Pathway

Towards Employment staff participated in Making a Clear Pathway: Transitioning for Successful Reentry organized by the Literacy Cooperative in conjunction with Cuyahoga Community College, Seeds of Literacy, Cuyahoga County Public Library and Towards Employment. The event helped adult literacy providers develop a stronger understanding of the reentry ecosystem to better support students who have criminal…

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Ellen's Story

In August 2015, Ellen stepped up and onto a career pathway.  She was a returning citizen who went through Towards Employment job readiness program. She decided she wanted a career in construction and after a work experience with Habitat for Humanity, she achieved a Level 1 carpenter’s apprentice certification with just two levels left to…

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Sisters Find Careers at University Hospitals

As a new mother, Ebonee was craving stability. With a child to support, she realized she lacked a clear direction and had no idea how to find a steady job to support herself and her child. A cousin told her about Towards Employment, and she attended an information session. Right away, she knew this was…

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RiSE at the Euclid Jail

Through funding from the US Department of Labor to Ohio Means Jobs Cleveland/Cuyahoga, Towards Employment (TE) provides services under Reentry Integration Services for Employment, or RiSE. RiSE is a voluntary program, housed at the Euclid Jail, that provides comprehensive job readiness services for male adults serving court sentences from Cuyahoga County. Participants receive services both…

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Meet our interns: Bri

Bri Snoddy School: Miami University Field of Study: Psychology major, criminology minor Year of study: Rising senior Hometown: Cleveland Why were you interested in interning at TE? I was interested in working at TE because of the emphasis on the reentry population. I believe that this population can often be left with a huge stigma,…

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Meet our interns: Colin

Colin Lang School: Xavier University Field of Study: History and Philosophy, Politics, and the Public Year of study: Junior Hometown: Westlake, OH Why were you interested in interning at TE? I found out TE’s goal and mission from my brother who interned here previously.  Then I did my own research and realized that I was…

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Introducing Christine.

Christine Wille is the new general manager of Bloom Bakery. Coming on board in May 2017, she is excited to be part of this growing bakery and is intrigued and enthralled by the mission. She loves the idea of being a part of the Bloom and Towards Employment team. Christine has an extensive background in…

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TE in 2017; State of the Organization

By Brian Lamb President, Towards Employment Board of Directors (Excerpts from the Feb 23 State of the Organization presented  to TE staff) In 2016 we celebrated four decades, and I can truly say we look great for 40!  Towards Employment is on the rise: in 2016, 560 people were placed in good jobs (it was…

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Continuing our Momentum

By Logan Fahey, Bloom Bakery General Manager 2016 was a tremendous year for Cleveland and for Bloom Bakery. Our city celebrated the Cavs’ big victory and a near-win for the Indians in the World Series, as well as the honor of hosting the Republican National Convention and record statewide economic growth. Meanwhile, after a hugely…

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The impact of career pathways

By Connor Lang, TE summer intern and Senior at Xavier University This summer I had the opportunity to intern at Towards Employment (TE). It was an awesome experience and I learned a lot about the work TE is doing in Greater Cleveland. Working at TE helped me realize how important workforce training and advancement are…

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