Community Works Akron (CWA)

Community Works Akron Success

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Please call (330) 434-0110 x434 for updates on programs due to COVID-19.

Community Works Akron

OPEN M’s Community Works Akron (CWA) is modeled after the highly successful Cincinnati Works program. Through CWA, we serve individuals who want to change their lives. Most CWA participants have a history of generational poverty and are motivated to become more self-sufficient and more successful in the workplace.

CWA is a 5-day workshop aimed at getting individuals ready to work a sustainable job and understand how to manage their finances. The goal is “One Job for One Year!”.

This program not only transforms individuals, but it can also have a ripple effect on family and friends, even affecting generations to come. This is not a job placement program. At OPEN M, we start with job placement. The goal of CWA is job retention that leads to career advancement and sustainability.

2020 CWA Class Schedule

January
Orientation Jan. 23rd, Class January 27 – January 31

February
Orientation Feb. 20th, Class February 24 – February 28

March
Cancelled due to COVID-19

April
Cancelled due to COVID-19

May
No session this month

June
Cancelled due to COVID-19

July
Please call (330) 434-0110 x434 for program update

August
Please call (330) 434-0110 x434 for program update

September
Please call (330) 434-0110 x434 for program update

October
Please call (330) 434-0110 x434 for program update

November
Please call (330) 434-0110 x434 for program update

December
No session this month

What We Expect

One Job, One Year

Our mantra is ‘One Job, One Year.’ With our CWA staff, supported by partner resources, we help clients reduce the barriers that keep them from lasting employment. Key elements of CWA include:

  • A five-day job readiness and financial literacy workshop
  • An emphasis on job retention
  • A customized mentoring program
  • Transportation assistance
  • Relationships with core employers in the community

By training participants to succeed in the workplace, CWA also helps Summit County businesses, providing them with a dependable source of productive, reliable, entry-level workers.

Enrollment Information

CWA Orientation is held once a month.  You must successfully complete an assessment to be accepted into the CWA program.  The CWA Jumpstart Workshop is held the week following orientation for five full days. Eligible applicants should be:

    • At least 18 years of age
    • Summit County residents
    • Drug Free
    • Have a positive outlook and a commitment to change
    • Willing to sign an agreement committing to “One Job for One Year”

Ready to take the next step?

For more information or to be considered for the CWA program, call 330-434-0110

James  ext 434 – email j.warner@openm.org
LaDonna  ext 435 – email l.paul@openm.org

Become a Job Coach. Change a life.

To learn more about our customized mentor program, please click the bottom below! Our mentors are a huge part of the continuing success of our graduates!

JAMES WARNER

JAMES WARNER

Community Works Akron Manager

LADONNA PAUL

LADONNA PAUL

CWA Employment Support Specialist

CARMEN WILLIAMS

CARMEN WILLIAMS

UP Program Coordinator

FRED DIENER

UP Program Assistant

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