Jobs: Stimulus funds pay for retraining at The Source

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Posted by Lisa Strawbridge - email

TOLEDO (WTOL) - Students got a hand Friday, September, 18 as they learn how to take a patient's blood.

Owens Community College and The Source are using stimulus money to train people for entry-level healthcare jobs, green jobs and pre-apprenticeship programs.

"The days of being able to walk out of your high school graduation ceremony and walk into a high paying job at a factory somewhere that's gone," said Mike Veh from the Source.

In the first wave of training are 126 students.

The Source has hundreds of slots still available. The students come from all walks of life.

Some are laid-off auto workers, and others are stay-at-home moms. "Not that these workers are uneducated or bad workers, it's just that the new jobs coming in are going to require a higher level of skill than they have in the past," said Veh.

The stimulus money also helps those struggling to get the physical tools to start work such as uniforms.

In the end, The Source says more than 2,000 people are expected to be helped and possibly back to work.

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The Source said the best thing to do is call them if you are interested in a particular program. The first step will be attending a 3-day orientation. There are different requirements for different careers that include reading at a certain level, having no criminal history, etc.

Right now the following openings remain:

  • 12 personal trainers
  • 5 CDL
  • 72 pre-apprenticeships
  • 140 entry-level healthcare

The number for the Source is (419) 213-JOBS.

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