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Belmont College and Belmont County Connections Announce New Partnership


Belmont County Connections Director Dwayne
                            Pielech and Belmont College President Dr. Joseph E. Bukowski.

Attached Photo: (from left to right) Belmont County Connections Director Dwayne Pielech and Belmont College President Dr. Joseph E. Bukowski.

St. Clairsville, OH (April 15, 2013) – Today Belmont College and Belmont County Connections announced a new partnership with the purpose of better serving employees and employers with workforce needs. This announcement comes in anticipation of changes Governor John Kasich is proposing during this year’s biennial budget process.

“We are excited about our new partnership because we are expanding the opportunities for businesses and people needing workforce assistance,” said Belmont College President Dr. Joseph E. Bukowski. “What has traditionally been offered by local WIA (Workforce Investment Act) offices will now allow us to provide a ‘no wrong door’ approach to workforce services.”

Belmont County Connections is operated under the direction of the Belmont County Department of Job and Family Services (BCDJFS). With today’s announcement, Belmont College will play a larger role in assessing interested residents with job readiness and career planning in order to match workers with businesses and job vacancies.

Traditionally, BCDJFS and Connections contracts with Belmont College for job training and workforce certification programs and then refers clients to the College. Under the new Memorandum of Understanding, Belmont College and Connections staff will partner throughout the assessment phase to best serve the customer. This new process will offer an enhanced matching system for employers seeking workers, hopefully filling all job vacancies in the area and reducing unemployed workers.

According to Belmont County Connections Director Dwayne Pielech, Governor Kasich is attempting to streamline the various workforce programs across Ohio; Pielech believes Belmont College and Connections leadership are supporting the Governor’s workforce plans by proactively working to accomplish the same goals locally in Eastern Ohio. Pielech added that the new Business Resource Network grant that the county workforce area recently received will also supplement and complement this new partnership with serving area businesses.

“We have a great working relationship with Belmont College and with this new partnership, we will better serve employers and potential employees,” said Dwayne Pielech, BCDJFS Director. “This announcement has taken several months and meetings to finalize and should serve as a model for other areas to follow.”

Joining Dr. Bukowski and Director Pielech and their staffs at today’s announcement were representatives from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and Workforce programs.

For more information, please contact Julie Mamie, Belmont College Public Relations Coordinator, at 740.699.3863.

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