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WorkAdvance Puts Low-wage Workers on Path to Higher Pay

By Olivera Perkins, The Plain Dealer

If Northeast Ohio had a cohesive network of agencies collaborating to provide job training and other services to low-wage workers, fewer workers would potentially be stuck in dead-end jobs, says a recent report about a local workforce development program.

Comprehensive job coaching is also essential to giving these workers a chance at career advancement, according to the report on WorkAdvance. Northeast Ohio was one of four sites nationally that participated in the five-year workforce demonstration project, which sought to improve the status of low-skilled job seekers by offering them an array of programs and services aimed at preparing them for in-demand entry-level jobs that offered the chance for advancement. The WorkAdvance program in Northeast Ohio, which began in 2011, focused on health care and manufacturing jobs.

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