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I Need a Job or Job Training

Finding employment, education, and training is the best way to reenter the community and to stay out of jail.

Let's be clear; it's not going to be easy. With a criminal record, you have to work harder than the average job seeker, but it can be done, and the Coalition is focused hard on removing unnecessary and prejudicial barriers to hiring.

Use Some M.U.S.C.L.E.

The State of Ohio, Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC) M.U.S.C.L.E. program - Making Use of Services Can Lead to Empowerment - website contains many resources, including your ability to apply for a Certificate of Achievement and Employability to present to potential employers. Also, visit Why Hire for information and talking points to bring up to employers on why ex-offenders make good employees.

Apply to work for Franklin County

Apply to work for the City of Columbus

Get training and education, often with specific programs available for ex- and re-entering offenders

  • Goodwill Columbus
    job training and workforce skills
    1331 Edgehill Rd., 614.294.5181
  • Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation (COWIC)
    job training and job search services; Mayor's "Restoration Academy"
    1111 E. Broad St., 614.559.5052
  • Impact Community Action
    computer literacy, workforce skills
    700 Bryden Rd., 614.252.2799
  • Alvis Community Reentry Center
    employment education, HIRE (help in reentry employment) program, GED classes
    1991 Bryden Rd., 614.252.0660
  • TOUCH
    computer literacy, job readiness and search skills, GED classes
    37 Robinwood Ave., Whitehall, OH 43213, 614.338.8733
  • YouthBuild
    job training (NCCER construction certification), computer literacy, job placement, GED classes
    820 Mansfield Ave., 614.222.4705
  • Columbus Urban League
    Workforce development, career services, job training, work readiness, workforce development, and career counseling;
    788 Mt Vernon Ave., 614.257.6300
  • Community for All People
    Free store, first birthdays, affordable housing, healthy eating, youth development, training initiatives, job opportunities
    946 Parsons Avenue, 614.445.7342
  • Godman Guild
    Adult education, Employment programs, Community engagement programs, health and wellness programs, and youth programs
    303 E. 6th Avenue, 614.294.5476
  • Eckard Workforce Development
    job readiness training, GED and high school diploma assistance, certifications, internships, supportive services, paid work experience, and skill training for youth
    80 S. 6th Street, Lower Level, 614.312.4935
  • Jewish Family Services
    access online job search tools, resume building, jobs at all levels
    1070 College Ave, 614.231.1890
  • New Directions Career Center
    education, graduate services, job training, employment services, career counseling, coaching sessions
    199 E. Rich St, 614.849.0028

If you are a Veteran

  • Volunteers of America
    employment services & computer resource center
    624 Harmon Avenue, 614.351.1881
  • Amvets Career Center
    employment services & free online courses
    1395 E. Dublin Granville Rd., Suite 222, 614.431.6990

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