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 Orientation March 19th, Class March 23 – March 27
April Orientation April 16th, Class April 20 – April 24
May No session this month
June Orientation June 18th, Class June 22 – June 26
July Orientation July 23rd, Class July 27 – July 31
August Orientation August 20th, Class August 24 – August 28
September Orientation September 17th, Class September 21 – September 25
October Orientation October 22nd, Class October 26 – October 30
November Orientation November 12th, Class November 16 – November 20
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
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.
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
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