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Youth Services

Hancock County

OhioMeansJobs Hancock County has opened a new resource room designed specifically for youth participants. This facility is designated solely for youth participants interested in Job Search.

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Comprehensive Case Management and Employment Program

Comprehensive Case Management and Employment Program (CCMEP) will help prepare the emerging workforce for skilled employment. CCMEP provides employment and training services to eligible, low-income individuals based on a comprehensive assessment of employment and training needs, as well as a basic skills assessment. Participants are provided services to support goals outlined in their individual opportunity plan, which may include support to obtain a high school diploma, job placement, work experience, and other supportive services such as child care and transportation.

Program Elements                                                                


Need determined by score of TABE test (Tests of Adult Basic Education) and BESI assessment (Barriers to Employment Success Inventory) as well.

TABE: This assessment is administered to all WIOA clients. There are two steps. The first is a “Locator” test. This test determines which level of the main test a person will take. (20-30 minutes depending on skill and ability) After scoring the Locator test, the participant will then take the appropriate full test. The full test typically takes 1 hr to complete. If the participant scores below a 9th grade level in the Mathematic or Reading (or both), then the participant is deemed in need of tutoring to raise basic skills levels.

BESI: The BESI assessment is given to open communication about what are the participants’ barriers to employment and what they might want or need to focus on during their time in the program.

* This can be completed through online training and practice tests, a referral to the ABLE program, or any other available opportunity to assist them.

Alternative Secondary School

This can be counted as a service provided if the participant is connected to an alternative secondary school program during involvement with WIOA or if they come to the program already established in an alternative secondary school. This can be home schooling, alternative scheduling, or any other school setting recognized as a high school equivalent.

Paid/Unpaid Work Experience (WEX)

A youth is evaluated to determine what they might be interested in, and ideally, if they are looking to participate in a work experience, they are matched to something close to what they are interested in. This program is useful for a participant who has little or no work experience and can help with resume and skill building. The particpants are paid $10/hr. (The length of time that the participant can work with this element of the program is currently unknown)\

Occupational Skills Training:

The need for this elemental aspect is determined by both TABE testing, interest assessments with participant, and the BESI Assessment. If a participant is interested in pursuing a career that involves a short term certification, ex: STNA (State Tested Nursing Assistant) or a Welding certificate, this may be an option for them. The programs that we are able to fund can change in conjunction to which careers are in demand.


WIOA can sometimes assist with training for “In-demand” occupations. These occupations are ones that currently have or are projected to have a number of positions available in the coming future.

Leadership Development

Leadership development is encouraging the responsibility, confidence, employability, self-determination and other positive social behaviors including, but not limited to:

  1. Exposure to post-secondary educational possibilities;
  2. Community and service learning projects;
  3. Peer centered activities, including peer mentoring and tutoring.
  4. Organizational and team training, including team leadership training;
  5. Training in decision-making, including determining priorities and problem solving;
  6. Citizenship training, including life skills training such as parenting and work behavior training;
  7. Civic engagement activities which promote the qualities of life in a community; and
  8. Other leadership activities that place youth in a leadership role such as serving on youth leadership committees.

Supportive Services

Supportive Services are intended to enable an individual to participate in CCMEP and to secure and retain employment. These may include but are not limited to linkages, referrals, or assistance with:

  1. Access to community services;
  2. Access to health care;
  3. Transportation, child care, housing, uniforms, work attire and work related tools[
  4. Reasonable accommodations for youth with disabilities.

Adult Mentoring

Adult mentoring is providing a one-to-one relationship between an adult and a youth with the purpose of building positive, supportive relationships between youth and adults and to provide positive adult role models for youth.

Follow-up Services

For a period of one year, WIOA follows the participant by contacting them at least once per quarter. Contacts can be made in person, via phone, e-mail, private messaging, or any other effective ways of communication with the participant. Follow up services can include Supportive Services if needed.

Comprehensive Guidance

Comprehensive Guidance includes career and academic counseling, drug and alcohol counseling, mental health counseling, and referral to partner programs for such services.

Financial Literacy education

Financial literacy education can involve referring the participant to a program or a service which provides

Entrepreneurial Skills Training

Providing or referring participant to training on the basics of starting and operating a small business.

Career Counseling/Labor Market Information

This involves exploring interests, strengths and weaknesses, and also the likelihood of a chosen profession having a good future outlook.

Transition to post-secondary education and training

These are activities that help CCMEP participants prepare for and transition to postsecondary education and activities. This could include referrals to college visits, working on any life skills the participant may lack, exposing/referring participant to area trainings, special interest events in the area.


Please call Jeri  419-429-8051 or Heather  419-429-8040 at OhioMeansJobs Hancock County to see if this program may be right for you!