Community Works Akron (CWA)

Community Works Akron Success


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.

2019 CWA Class Schedule

Orientation Jan. 24th, Class Jan. 28 – Feb. 1

Orientation Feb. 21st, Class Feb 25 – March 1

Orientation March 21st, Class March 25-29


Orientation May 16th, Class May 20-24

Orientation June 20th, Class June 24-28

Orientation July 18th, Class July 22-26

Orientation Aug. 22nd, Class Aug. 26-30

Orientation Sept. 29th, Class Sept. 23-27

Orientation Oct. 14th, Class Oct. 28-31

November & December

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

Vikki  ext 423 – email   or
Jennifer  ext 435 – email

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Contact your caseworker to set up your user login information.

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Become a mentor. 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!

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