partners & community

Partnering locally and nationally

Towards Employment partners with various organizations and businesses both locally, and nationally to provide training, skill-building, education, and supportive services to Northeast Ohio. 

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Partner with Towards Employment

Towards Employment has extensive provider partnerships across the community, often aligning services with organizations doing similar work. We also bring our services to other partner locations. In each partnerships, we leverage each other’s expertise to ensure participants and graduates benefit from as many resources as possible.




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Ohio Means Jobs, Cleveland-Cuyahoga County

Ohio Means Jobs, Cleveland-Cuyahoga County (OMJ|CC) partners with Towards employment to provide ---


Step Forward

Formally The Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland

Our mission is to propel educational attainment and economic self-sufficiency for multiple generations throughout Cuyahoga County.  

As the state’s designated anti-poverty agency for Cuyahoga County, Step Forward is tasked and trusted to lead the fight on the ground against poverty in our community. The nonprofit organization helps low-income individuals and families address immediate needs and build long-term skills to transform their lives through early childhood education programs, adult skills training, and other support. 



MAGNET's mission is to drive Northeast Ohio manufacturing growth. We work primarily with small- and medium-sized companies, which make up 98% of the region’s nearly 10,000 manufacturers.

MAGNET is the Northeast Ohio partner of the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Ohio MEP), which is part of a national network of MEPs created through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology's Manufacturing Extension Partnership. MAGNET and other MEPs are dedicated to helping small and medium-sized manufacturers increase sales, create jobs and generate cost savings through technological innovation, workforce training and improved management practices. This public-private partnership allows MAGNET to offer affordable consulting services to Northeast Ohio manufacturers.


Some partners bring resources to TE participants, either through presentations in workshops or individualized access to services. Towards Employment connects Cuyahoga residents with partners to provide supportive services such as:



ID & Legal Assistance


Professional Clothes & Uniforms

Job-Specific Tools

Medical Care

& Much More


PCs for People

Through electronic reuse, PCs for People provides the opportunity for all individuals, families, and nonprofits with low income to benefit from the life-changing impact of computers, internet, and digital skills.

PCs for People is a national nonprofit social enterprise working to get low-cost quality computers and internet into the homes of individuals, families, and nonprofits with low income. By recycling and then refurbishing computers, PCs for People provides a valuable service to businesses, families, and the planet by keeping computers out of landfills and repurposing them to advance digital inclusion.


CHN Housing Partners

CHN’s mission is to leverage the power of affordable, stable housing to change lives and improve communities.

CHN is a nonprofit affordable housing developer and housing service provider located in Cleveland, Ohio, working to build more equitable communities, improve housing affordability and preserve and expand the supply of affordable housing in our region.

Training partners


University Hospitals:

Step-Up to UH

Towards Employment and University Hospitals are partnering to offer 10-day training sessions to help individuals start their career path in healthcare.


MAGNET & Ohio Department of Development:

ACCES to Manufacturing CAREERS

In early 2020, manufacturers and the Workforce Connect Manufacturing Sector Partnership, which includes MAGNET and Towards Employment, launched ACCESS to Manufacturing Careers. ACCESS is a 3-week training program that offers career readiness and technical skills to advance into a manufacturing career.

Employer Partners


Towards Employment has been selected as the lead agency for the NEO Employer Resource Network®.

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What is an ERN®?

An ERN® is an employer collaborative that pools resources to provide an on-the-job success coach who helps with work/life issues to all employees.

For member businesses, the success coach works on site to a) address many of the social determinants of work that can cause stress and derail a worker's performance, b) provide financial literacy and other essential training and connect workers.

In other markets, ERN® member companies’ success includes:

  • employee retention rates of 90%-98%
  • average employer ROI of 500%
  • increased employee engagement and improved company culture
  • informal regional human resource networks
  • increased family financial stability
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Northeast Ohio Workforce Coalition

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Northeast Ohio Workforce Coalition (NEOWC) is an affiliate of the Ohio Workforce Coalition and shares the vision of a future where Ohioan’s have equitable access to opportunity and the supports they need to take advantage of it; Ohio’s businesses have a skilled workforce advancing in quality jobs; and Ohio’s workforce systems are aligned, transparent, and accountable.

NEOWC works to create a “table” where local policy makers and funders can engage workforce stakeholders in a more efficient manner, and by which NEOWC members can bring priority issues to their attention.  It offers quarterly sessions to share best practices, foster innovation, promote alignment, and leverage expert input on programmatic, funding and policy issues.

The Leadership Committee includes The Literacy Cooperative, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, United Way, Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries, and Youth Opportunities Unlimited.

Workforce Leadership Academy


The Ohio Workforce Coalition, with NEOWC as local partner, was selected in a nationally competitive process to facilitate the Aspen Institute Workforce Leadership Academy (WLA) in Cleveland.  The Workforce Leadership Academy, with curriculum designed by the Economic Opportunities Program of the Aspen Institute, brings together leaders from across a local workforce ecosystem for a year-long series of retreats, workshops, and action learning projects. The Academy provides a forum for local leaders to work collaboratively to identify local and regional systems-based challenges and create shared solutions for economic opportunity for all. Fellows work with leading practitioners throughout the country as they deepen networks; strengthen systems leadership skills; apply race, equity, and systems change frameworks to their work; and increase understanding of effective strategies and programs.

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