First, the Economic Opportunity Planning Association (EOPA)
held a celebration for its workers, local officials, and clients
to announce the community action agency will now be known as
“Pathway.” The new name is part of a broader rebranding
strategy and, to some degree, a change in mission.
EOPA lost its Head Start funding when the federal
government hired a private entity to run the preschool program
while it launched a competitive process for future funding.
Those funds represented the anti-poverty organization’s largest
source of money.
“Pathway” will continue to be housed in the
Hamilton Building, 505 Hamilton St., but will focus more of its
mission on job training and home energy assistance programs,
which now make up the lion’s share of its current $7 million
To that end, the former EOPA is now running the Lucas County
Empowerment Program (LCEP), which is using $2.4
million in funds from Lucas County Commissioners to run a summer
youth employment program for income-eligible young adults ages
16-24. Clients will make $8 per hour for eight weeks and will
receive a week-long training program, which includes
career-oriented training such as dressing for success, resume
writing, and possible career pathways.
The program will place about 700 teens and young adults in the
local workforce at both private employers and public agencies
between now and late September. EOPA officials have identified
about 100 potential employers to accept program participants.
250 young adults learned where they will be working at last
Friday’s celebration. The ultimate hope is that many of the
participants end up with fulltime employment after the program
The celebration included a performance by the Scott High
School marching band and tours of classrooms where the
training program take place.
Next, The Source in downtown Toledo quietly
became known as OhioMeansJobs-Lucas County
several weeks ago. According to state government
officials, local workforce services will continue to be
delivered by a partnership of OhioMeansJobs working
with county agencies and other partners to deliver a
variety of employment and training services to
businesses and individuals, whether someone is looking
for a first job or a Fortune 500 company is opening a
Specific services at an OhioMeansJobs Center are
designed to meet local needs but may not be available in
The name change is designed to increase awareness and the
accessibility of Ohio’s one-stop employment system. State
officials believe the new identity at every county jobs center
will position Ohio's system to become more effective in
advancing job placement and talent development by allowing the
workforce system to coordinate and align workforce policies,
programs, and resources across state government.
The one-stop system with the OhioMeansJobs name will make it
easier for individuals and businesses to find employment
services. A single common name also
will ensure that clients will receive the same high-quality
services from any OhioMeansJobs location. OhioMeansJobs-Lucas
County, like the state’s other employment centers, will provide
continuity across Ohio’s workforce system and enables businesses
and individuals to easily identify and connect with Ohio’s
OhioMeansJobs-Lucas County will continue to define its core
customers as employers and job-seekers, providing a single
location where employers can access a pool of qualified,
job-ready workers. In addition, job-seekers can access
employment information, training programs and other services
needed for employment and career development.
OhioMeansJobs-Lucas County remains in the same location, 1301
Monroe Street, and can be reached by calling 419.213.JOBS